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Earthquake of 5.2 rocks Southcentral Alaska residents

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published August 9, 2012

Southcentral Alaska residents got a shake Thursday morning when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 centered 60 miles northeast of Seward rattled the landscape.

The quake in western Prince William Sound happened at 8:43 a.m. It was felt by residents of Alaska's largest city, Anchorage.

So far, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, there has been no reports of damage or danger of a tsunami. Scientists at the center said the quake occurred at a depth of about 6 miles.

The quake was not far from the huge 1964 quake, known as the Good Friday Earthquake, that began at 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964. It had a magnitude of 9.2 and 143 deaths were attributed to it.

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