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Alaska coastal communities under tsunami warning following quake

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Official: "We have told folks in the effected area to get to higher ground"
  • Tsunami warning is issued after 7.4 earthquake strikes off coast of Alaska

(CNN) -- A tsunami warning has been issued for a number of coastal communities in Alaska following a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck Thursday near the Aleutian Islands, officials said.

The warning was issued for a 250 kilometer (155 mile) radius from the epicenter, said Paul Huang, of the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

"We have told folks in the effected area to get to higher ground," Huang said.

The warning covers coastal communities from Unimak Pass, located about 80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, to Amchitka Pass, about 125 miles west of Adak.

Based on the data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, the Tsunami Warning Center said.