A tsunami alert in Alaska – a favoured summer destination for cruise lines – has been cancelled following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck near the remote Aleutian Islands yesterday.

The quake struck more than 1,000 miles west of the major Alaskan city of Anchorage. An initial tsunami warning has been cancelled for a number of coastal communities, officials said.

The strength of the earthquake, which was initially reported with a magnitude of 7.4, was revised to a magnitude 7.2, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake on the Fox Islands, 101 miles east of the tiny fishing port of Atka, struck at 6.09 pm local time.

“No destructive tsunami has been recorded, and no tsunami danger exists along the coast of the US,” the Tsunami Warning Centre said.

The warning, which was issued for a 155 mile radius from the epicenter, covered the coastal communities from Unimak Pass, located about 80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, to Amchitka Pass, about 125 miles west of Adak.