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Residents in a remote section of the US Aleutian islands rushed to higher ground Monday after an 7.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska triggered a local tsunami warning, an official said. 

The warnings were lifted an hour or two after the quake, which struck at 2053 GMT some 15 miles (24 kilometres) southeast of remote Little Sitkin Island, in the western Aleutians.

No major damage was reported from the quake, which was initially registered at 8.0 and whose epicenter was about a depth of about 70 miles. It was followed by a series of aftershocks, including one 6.0 in magnitude.

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