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7.9 Earthquake in Alaska Triggers Tsunami Warning

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A strong earthquake shook the southern Pacific coast of Mexico as well as the capital and several inland states Thursday, sending frightened people into unseasonal torrential rains that were also bearing down on the coast.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (Worthy News)-- A magnitude-7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska triggered a tsunami warning.

An earthquake of 7.9 is approximately an energy release equivalent to 10-15 megatons of TNT.  In comparison, a 6.0 earthquake is the equivalent of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb that was dropped over Hiroshima, or 15 kilotons of TNT.

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