Strong Quake Occurs in Bering Sea
Dec. 05, 1997
PALMER, Alaska (AP) _ A strong earthquake was recorded this morning in the Bering Sea, prompting officials to briefly warn of a possible tidal wave off Alaska.
The 7.7 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 warning for a tsunami, sometimes called a tidal wave, for coastal Alaska from Dutch Harbor to Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
But the warning for that sparsely populated area soon was canceled, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Frenchy LaComte in Juneau.