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. Deep North

    Magnitude
    7.1
    Date-Time
    Friday, September 02, 2011 at 10:55:54 UTC
    Friday, September 02, 2011 at 01:55:54 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    52.184°N, 171.684°W
    Depth
    35.5 km (22.1 miles)
    Region
    FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
    Distances
    45 km (27 miles) SW of Amukta Island, Alaska
    85 km (52 miles) SW of Yunaska Island, Alaska
    1658 km (1030 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska
    2410 km (1497 miles) W of WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory, Canada
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 14 km (8.7 miles); depth +/- 4.4 km (2.7 miles)
    Parameters
    NST=824, Nph=825, Dmin=172.5 km, Rmss=0.81 sec, Gp= 54°,
    M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
    Source
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    usc0005n83

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

    I want a cookie.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. MOCaseA

    Meh... Small quake in an almost uninhabited area (only 100 residents anywhere near there). There was a 7.2 that struck on the Denali Fault in 2003 and the worst that happened was some lady broke her arm. The largest quake on record (something like a 9.8) struck just south of Anchorage in 1964 (The Good Friday earthquake) that was much more destructive.

    Basically, the tsunamis that may have possibly been created are the worst threat from this. And as this is out by the Aleutians the largest, and most potentially destructive, will hit areas with little to no population. Nothing really news worthy about this other than the size.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mic4life

    Sign of the times:
    Matthew Chapter 24 and Luke Chapter 21 describe the event occuring in our time.

    Matthew 24: 7 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress. 14 And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.

    Luke 21:9 Furthermore, when YOU hear of wars and disorders, do not be terrified. For these things must occur first, but the end does not [occur] immediately.” 10 Then he went on to say to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another pestilences and food shortages; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Oh. please spare us the sermon.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • The Bible's blanket prediction

      All of this stuff has been going on since time immemorial for cryin' out loud.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex in Bremerton, WA

      My Goddess is your godlette's mama!

      September 2, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Fahed

      True

      September 2, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • NIcely Done

      False. Bears eat beets. Battle Star Galactica.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • B)

      Think you might have missed the bit where the religiously inclined are prominently those who turn nation v nation & kingdom v kingdom.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Hey averse – Heil Cheney

    September 2, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    People are so ignorant. When a politician just sits there and tries to act like they are christians and everything well 8 times out of 10 they are just putting on a show. Them two are most likely apart of the establishment and palins family is Masonic and i have seen her doing the hand signs just like bush, obama, the pope, all them E.U. leaders. Do people honestly belive that all the stuff happening at once is normal? Why do you think they have been promoting aliens out of no where when all our lives they have made fun of people for beliveng that. WAKE UP!! and on 9/11 that the laws of gravity that we were taught didn't apply to that so buildings could just FREE FALL. There is true Evil in the government. They will be judged read the bible. Revelations would be a good place cause it seems we are in it. Israels peace treaty is soon 7rs of false peace. Weird thats in the bible...so is everything elses thats going on.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • CalTek

      Why don't you read the topic you are posting a comment on? We are talking about an earthquake here. Thanks you CNN for the Report Post option *click*

      September 2, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • The Sky is falling said Chicken Little

      Yeah, yeah, yeah. And just exactly how does your senseless rant relate to the story? Take your medications and we'll all sing the Hallelujah Chorus.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. tcp

    It hit the FAUX Islands? This can't be true then...

    September 2, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. TriXen

    ...and a whole three people felt it!

    September 2, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tom Anderson

    Hopefully this isn't the fore front to larger more damaging quakes.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • CalTek

      That was my initial thought when I read this. I really think we will see a bigger one very soon.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jamal

    'sup, fools. come at me, earthquake. Dis gon b gud.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah Palin is attractive, nothing more

    While Sarah Palin's influence over Alaskan politics might be limited these days, I'd like to know how she handles a major natural catastrophe, like an earth-quake. Will she handle it better than FEMA fumbled the ball in NOLA? My guess is that answer is yes, absolutely, and we all know FEMA did an absolutely horrendous job down there. Now imagine this woman hovering her recently painted fingernails over The Button. You know, the one that launches nuclear missles and ends life as we know it. Or, for that matter, Bachmann, who provided 6,000 free tickets to see Randy Travis in exchange for votes from her friends, and received only 4,800 votes. FAIL!

    September 2, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh righteous one...

      Your idiotic comment = FAIL.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    There are secret societies that feel invincible because they have earthquake epicenter insurance. Unfortunately what they do not have is safety assurance.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Well said paul johnston People can peshaw god all they want All that does for me is show how much their scientific view makes them look like ungreatful fools

    September 2, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • McGuffy's Reader

      UnGREATful? What a hoot! Thanks for the laugh.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. CalTek

    I have a feeling that we will see a few more bigger ones along the Pacific Coastline faults especially in the California and Vancouver regions. They are long overdue – only a matter of time.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Look in the crystal ball

      Ya think? When it happens will you spout "I said it first"? Probably.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah Palin is attractive, nothing more

    While Sarah Palin's influence over Alaskan politics might be limited these days, I'd like to know how she handles a major natural catastrophe, like an earth-quake. Will she handle it better than FEMA fumbled the ball in NOLA? My guess is that answer is no, absolutely not (correction! I FAILED! Ha ha ha), and we all know FEMA did an absolutely horrendous job down there. Now imagine this woman hovering her recently painted fingernails over The Button. You know, the one that launches nuclear missles and ends life as we know it. Or, for that matter, Bachmann, who provided 6,000 free tickets to see Randy Travis in exchange for votes from her friends, and received only 4,800 votes. FAIL!

    September 2, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
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