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By Ben Muir 

Magnitude 7.9 quake in gulf causes little scare


January 25, 2018

Map courtesy of USGS

This US Geological Survey map indicates where Tuesday morning's earthquake took place, as well as its outward impact. Occuring about 12 miles below the surface of the Gulf of Alaska, the 7.9 magnitude tremor sparked a tsunami alert across much of the state's southern coastline.

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday spurred an early morning tsunami warning in Petersburg, scrambling a borough response team and causing some residents to evacuate.

A tsunami warning had been issued to the entire Gulf of Alaska at about 12:32 a.m. Tuesday after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake registered about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak.

"It's unlikely that we're gonna get a large wave or something that's gonna destroy downtown," said Sandy Dixson, emergency manager for the borough. "But we still have to be prepared for it."

Dixson woke up early Tuesday to the statew...

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