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Earthquake rattles Sitka; NO tsunami danger

The quake was centered about 100 miles northwest of Dixon Entrance, at a depth of 8.1 miles, according to initial data from the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Officials said there is NO tsunami danger.

Many Sitka residents felt an earthquake just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

The quake did not set off any tsunami alerts, and the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer reported shortly afterward that there is NO tsunami danger.

The tsunami warning center put the magnitude at 5.5, but the U.S. Geological Survey reported it at 6.0.

Thursday’s shaking comes about a month after a larger 7.5 magnitude quake that put the entire panhandle under a tsunami warning. In that instance, minimal changes in sea level were reported.

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