No Damage, Injuries Following Quake


     There are no reports of injuries or damage after a powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami advisory for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline. The advisory alert was canceled early Saturday morning, when no damaging waves were generated.

     The magnitude 7.5 quake about 60 miles west of Craig and tsunami advisory that followed caused concern in some coastal communities, with tsunami sirens sounding and people rushing to higher ground for safety.

     The advisory was in effect for parts of coastal Alaska, from Cape Suckling to Kennedy Entrance, about 40 miles southeast of Homer. The Alaska Tsunami Warning Center later said the waves were too small to pose a threat, reaching just six inches above normal sea level in places such as Sitka and Port Alexander. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was widely felt but it received no reports of any damage.

     The quake was followed by several aftershocks, including a 5.2 quake felt in southeast Alaska and British Columbia Sunday night.