5.9 Earthquake Hits Alaska Coast

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska near Anchorage Monday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.7, struck at 4:42 p.m. (8:42 p.m. EST) 25 miles west of Anchorage. It was relatively shallow at a depth of 33 miles.

A magnitude 5.9 quake is capable of causing considerable damage.

The Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer has issued no watches, warnings or advisories, and expects no tsunami, the Alaska Dispatch reported.

People who called the center said the quake was large enough to make objects to fall off shelves, but no major damage was immediately reported.

 

 

 

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