Strong earthquake hits Alaska's Aleutian Islands—no tsunami threat for B.C.

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      A strong earthquake struck remote islands located between Alaskan and Russian mainlands this morning.

      The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck today (January 5) at 8:47 a.m. local time (10:47 a.m. on B.C. time) in the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Island archipelago in Alaska.

      The epicentre was located 54 kilometres (34 miles) south of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska, and 130 kilometres (80 miles) west of the town of Adak, Alaska, at a depth of 19 kilometres (11 miles).

      The U.S. Tsunami Warning Centre (which reported it as a 6.0-magnitude quake) issued a statement for Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California that a tsunami was not expected from the seismic event.