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First wave from tsunami reported in Alaska

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 28 2012 12:28:35 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2012 02:15:55 AM CDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

RIGHT NOW:The first wave from a small tsunami has been reported in a southeast Alaska community.
    
State officials say a wave with a height of about 4 inches was measured in Craig late Saturday evening.
    
That was smaller than earlier forecasts, which said the wave could have been up to 1 foot.
    
Parts of southeast Alaska and the Canadian coast remain under a tsunami warning.
    
The warning was sparked by a strong earthquake Saturday night that shook off the west coast of Canada. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit in the Queen Charlotte Islands area, followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later.

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(AP) - A magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of western Canada and a tsunami warning has been issued.

There are no immediate reports of damage. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska, Northern California, Oregon and Washington state.

It says the warning area includes Craig and Sitka, Alaska. The USGS says the quake shook the area and was then followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later.