Many Southeast Alaska residents felt an earthquake early this (Thursday) morning.
The quake struck west of Craig and south of Sitka just before 1 a.m.
The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer reported shortly afterward that there was NO tsunami danger.
The quake’s magnitude was estimated between 5.5 and 6.0, with an epicenter about 100 miles northwest of Dixon Entrance. Shaking was felt in Sitka, Wrangell and other parts of Southeast.
The quake comes nearly a month after a magnitude 7.5 temblor that put most of Southeast Alaska under a tsunami warning. In that instance, which happened around midnight January 4th into the 5th, only minimal changes in sea level were reported.
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