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Tsunami Warning Cancelled After Earthquake Off Alaska Coast
2013-01-06 05:09:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Residents of Alaska and parts of Canada were briefly under a tsunami warning on Saturday after a strong earthquake rocked the region, but the alert was later cancelled because no potentially destructive waves resulted from the trembler. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude 7.5 seismic event took place approximately 58 miles west of Craig, Alaska at approximately midnight local time (08:58:19 UTC)....

2011-03-26 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) SUNDAY, MARCH 27: THE BIG ALASKA EARTHQUAKE Profile America -- Sunday, March 27th. Today and tomorrow mark two important anniversaries in the history of Alaska. Tomorrow is Seward's Day, observing the purchase of Alaska from the Russians in 1867 by Secretary of State William Seward. The...

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2006-03-31 06:59:35

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The perky "cock-a-doodle-doo" of a rooster sounds in Roger Smith's office every time an earthquake rumbles beneath Alaska. Temblors throughout the state trigger the computer-generated crow about 60 times a day - roughly 22,000 times a year - in the office of Smith, director of the Geophysical Institute on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. "It's just part of the background," said Smith. "The rooster is a good reminder that the earth's surface in Alaska is very...

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2005-12-12 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- Tsunami waves generated by a large offshore earthquake would threaten at least 1 million coastal residents in California and inundate the nation's largest port complex, according to a new report. The bleak study being released Monday found gaps in the state's readiness to handle a tsunami, including flaws in the existing warning system, lack of evacuation plans by coastal communities, and building codes that don't take into account tsunami-strength surges. In addition, many...

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2005-05-19 15:00:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- December's great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake - the most powerful in more than 40 years and the trigger of a devastating tsunami - shook the ground everywhere on Earth's surface. Weeks later the planet was still trembling. The quake resulted from the longest fault rupture ever observed - 720 miles to 780 miles, which spread for 10 minutes, also a record. A typical earthquake's duration would be 30 seconds. The December quake was the first of its size to be measured and...