7.1 quake strikes off Alaska
The epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude temblor was in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska's coast.
September 2nd, 2011
07:23 AM ET

7.1 quake strikes off Alaska

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck Friday off the coast of Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was 6.2 miles deep - a relatively shallow temblor capable of causing damage.

The epicenter was in the Aleutian Islands, about 120 miles from Atka, Alaska.

The quake prompted a tsunami warning for coastal areas of Alaska, from Unimak Pass, Alaska to Amchitka Pass, Alaska, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the sparsely populated area near the epicenter.

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  1. CB

    first

    September 2, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. JohnBoy

    Got to be Bushs fault.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Most deffinently Bush's fault.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Just Me

    Amazing. ABC News had a report about the two safest states relative to natural disasters. Less than 24 hours after that report, a major earthquake in Alaska! I guess God says not so fast.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicely Done

      Alaska has earthquakes every year. They just aren't as widely known because media focuses on natural disasters that strike highly populated areas. Nothing new with the media focusing their attention on what might cause the most deaths. Alaska has the largest tsunami recorded in history, over 100 feet high at one point. I read about it in a book...I think it was call "The Wave" or something like that. Pretty sweet book covering rouge waves and tsunamis.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      There are earthquakes every day somewhere on the earth and it has nothing to do with a man in the sky saying "Not so fast", it has to do with plate tectonics. I guess you think the earth is 6000 years old too, right? Also, certainly one of the two safest states in which to live regarding natural disasters is not Alaska.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicely Done

      Also, I'm sorry to tell you that it isn't God that creates tsunamis, it is the Earth tectonic plates moving. A part of how our planet was formed. You should probably check out the Discovery Channel sometime. Lol.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Me

      @Nicely Done. Thanks for the history lesson. By the way, the reference to God is just a matter of speaking in my neck of the woods.

      September 2, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Show me yours and I'll show you mine

      Wow Just Me where did you find a class on the History of tectonic plates? Bible school?

      September 2, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mavvv

    Big one is coming sheeples.........get ready for 2012 when all planets align and pull CA apart and make it island. SELL YOUR PROPERTY NOW AND GET OUT ! Death is couple months away........right after U vote for HOBAMAMAA again. See U in the bread and water lines or the FEMA work camps.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • LuisWu

      Superst!tious much?

      September 2, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Zeensauce

      Get ready to admit you're wrong

      September 2, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Uhhh

      So.... let me get this right. You must be saying that Obama is in some sort of Alien alliance and when he gets elected again the aliens will know they can come take California?!? But, why is that the only state they want? Couldn't we talk them into taking Jersey away? Or how about whatever state you're from, take you out of the gene pool?

      September 2, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andy P - Maine

    hopefully there aren't too many people in that area... What's the word on any tsunami potential??

    September 2, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. luciddream

    second. Also, I can't tell if there's an increase in big earthquakes or they're just reported more. Part of me feel that the Indian earthquake destabilized the tectonic plates.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. taxpayer

    hopefully this doesn't impact filming of The Deadliest Catch. I love that show

    September 2, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Doug

    Are those Islands inhabited? Doug

    September 2, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Show me yours and I'll show you mine

      Do you have some sort of obsession with putting your name after every comment? I'm just saying.Doug.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. R, Mussared

    Alaska HAS had deadly tsunamis

    September 2, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    Repent and be saved! The end is near.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      I'll give a big AMEN BROTHER to that comment.
      God said I will come like a thief in the night.
      Repent today while there is still time, please

      September 2, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. General Zod

    The end of the world is near! Kneel Before Zod!

    September 2, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • merlinblack

      Blasphemer! Zod is a false God. You must kneel before the Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!!

      September 2, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    Come on CNN, please check your facts before posting these articles. The depth of the earthquake was 22 miles below the surface. Easy fact found on the USGS web site... You can do better!

    September 2, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. really

    Ring of fire working clockwise.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michae

    All of your comments are political and stupid. Be like the few and worry about the things that really matter when a natural disaster does occur.

    My prayers are with the people of this area.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. melody g

    end of times.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      What the heck are times?

      September 2, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
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