But who can resist a 7.8 in the Rat (oui, raton, rata) Islands, part of the Aleutian volcanic chain, 95 km (60 miles) SW of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska?
The region surrounding the Rat and Buldir Islands portion of the Aleutian arc is highly seismic. The largest earthquake known to have affected this region was the magnitude 8.7 event of February 1965, which was one of the largest earthquakes of the twentieth century. The 1965 earthquake ruptured an approximately 400 kilometer-long patch on the Pacific-North American plate boundary, and generated a tsunami that was 11 meters high in the Aleutians. Despite the large magnitude of the 1965 earthquake, there were no fatalities and only minor damage and flooding due to the sparseness in population in the epicentral area. (thanks U.S. Geological service et. al.)
While a tsunami warning has been issued for the coastal areas from Sand Point to Attu and from Kodiak to Sand Point, Alaska, according the NEIC's news release, the event has been kind.avapvfopuli [11:26 p. m.]