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Major Earthquake Strikes Off Alaskan Coast

Fish processing workers and local residents head up the hill after a tsunami warning was issued in Unalaska's Dutch Harbor, in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, June 23, 2011

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of the northwestern U.S. state of Alaska late Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 7.2 magnitude quake was detected near the Aleutian Islands in the Pacific Ocean, more than 1,600 kilometers southwest of the city of Anchorage. The quake was measured at a depth of 40 kilometers.

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of Amchitka Pass to Dutch Harbor, but lifted it about an hour after the quake struck. There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

David Nyland, a geologist with the center, told VOA if the quake had generated a tsunami, the impact would have been minimal.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.