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Strong Quake Occurs in Bering Sea

December 5, 1997

PALMER, Alaska (AP) _ A strong earthquake was recorded this morning in the Bering Sea, prompting officials to warn of a possible tidal wave off Alaska.

The 7.6 magnitude quake, which struck at about 2:27 a.m. (6:27 a.m. EST), was centered 75 miles off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia, said Paul Whitmore of the Tsunami Warning Center. There were no immediate reports of damage, he said.

Based on the size of the quake, the center issued a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska from Dutch Harbor to Attu in the Aleutian Islands.

A tsunami watch was in effect for the northern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia north to Dutch Harbor.

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