Earthquake Felt in Southeast Alaska, No Tsunami Expected

Update 10:47 a.m.:

An early morning earthquake today is causing widespread communications problems in Southeast Alaska.

Both Alaska Communications and AT&T wireless and internet services were affected.

A recorded message on ACS’s customer services line says the outage is affecting some customers in Southeast.

“This is our highest priority and we are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” the message said.

ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship says crews are still working to determine which networks were affected by the quake.

An AT&T representative could not be reached for comment.

Revised figures from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9. It struck about 97 miles west of Juneau at a depth of about 6 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks. The largest was magnitude 5.7.

Update 9:29 a.m.:

Alaska Communications says the earthquake has caused outages affecting Southeast Alaska wireless and internet services.

In a statement, President and CEO Anand Vadapalli says restoring service quickly is the company’s highest priority.

Original post, 3:19 a.m. Friday:

An earthquake shook Southeast Alaska just before 3 a.m. Friday.

The preliminary magnitude 6.0 temblor was centered about 96 miles west of Juneau, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. It struck at a depth of about 6.2 miles. A 5.7 magnitude aftershock was felt about a minute later. No tsunami was expected, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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