Alaska Earthquake: Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Hits Alaska

By on Jun 17, 2011 in Natural Disasters, United States, World Comments

A powerful earthquake hit the largest city in Alaska and other parts of the region on Thursday, June 16, 2011, as reported by several international news sites.

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According to seismologists at the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center as mentioned in the reports, the earthquake struck at about 11:00am with a magnitude of 5.2. The quake occurred 30 miles below ground and its center is at about 50 miles southwest of Anchorage, according to Cindi Pressler, tsunami program manager. Reports said that the earthquake will not generate a tsunami.

Reports said that according to Alaska Earthquake Information Center, the earthquake was widely felt in the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions, with the strongest felt in the Peninsula communities of Soldotna and Sterling.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. It was reported that the Anchorage Fire Department did not even receive any calls after the earthquake.

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