Major earthquake shakes Alaska

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A massive earthquake struck last night in the Gulf of Alaska about 179 miles southeast of Kodiak Island.
The magnitude 7.9 quake was felt as far away as here in Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon.
A resulting tsunami warning for communities along the state's southern coast sent residents scrambling for higher ground.
Fortunately, there was little in the way of a tsunami that resulted from the quake; but many Alaskans spent most of the night waiting in public shelters or other locations away from the coastline.
The earthquake caused some excitement for the Alaska Earthquake Information on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.
Natalia Ruppert; Seismologist At Alaska Earthquake Information Center>>: "Early this morning at zero-thirty AM there was a strong earthquake, magnitude 7.9 off-shore off Kodiak Island, almost directly south of the Kodiak Island. It was an unusual location for an earthquake of such a size. In the end this earthquake didn't create any sizeable tsunami, but still precautions had to be taken for people to evacuate in case something happened."
This morning's earthquake, though located southwest of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, didn't just impact the coast.
Many interior residents said they felt the earthquake as well.
The Red Cross has some advice if you find yourself in this situation.
Remember to get down, take cover and hold on.
If you are inside when the shaking starts, drop, cover, and hold onto something sturdy.
Executive Director of the Far North Interior District of the Red Cross, Lori Wilson, says to stay away from power lines, and get out into the open if you are outside during an earthquake.
She says emergency kits should last up to at least a week, as a loss of power is possible; and if a quake is large enough, it could wash out roads.
After the earthquake, Wilson says to be aware of fallen items that could cause further damage.
Lori Wilson; Executive Director Red Cross, Far North and Interior District>>: "Obviously look for things that are fallen items, if you're outside look for fallen power lines. Inside your house, if you have any structural damage. We live in Alaska so last night it was an earthquake, tomorrow it could be a power outage, you want to be prepared and be able to be self-sustained."