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Magnitude 6.1 Quake Strikes Aleutian Islands; No Tsunami Expected

ADAK, Alaska (AP) -- Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska but a tsunami is not expected.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System says the 6.1-magnitude quake struck just before 11 a.m. PST Saturday about 90 miles southwest of the town of Adak on Adak Island. Several hundred people live in the town.

Large earthquakes can cause tsunamis that can travel hundreds of miles.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System says its statement on the earthquake is for Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.

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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.

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