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1/13/2007

8.3 quake in Pacific Ocean briefly prompts Alaska tsunami warnings

Seismic/Tsunami Advisory: Japan
Story Published: Jan 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM PST
Story Updated: Jan 13, 2007 at 12:18 AM PST
By KOMO Staff & News Services
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A tsunami warning sent residents of two remote Aleutian Islands to high ground Friday night, but the warning was canceled after waves recorded by tidal sensors proved to be small, officials said.The warning was issued after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake in the northern Pacific off Japan.At 11:30 p.m. PST, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center canceled the tsunami warning and watch it had issued for portions of the coasts of Alaska and British Columbia.The warning had been "advisory only" for Washington, Oregon and California."No destructive tsunami threat exists for Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon or California," the Tsunami Warning Center said. "However some areas may experience observable effects which could include strong currents in harbors and bays dangerous to those in or near the water."
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