Alaska Earthquake Update: Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Strucks Alaska


A 5.2 magnitude earthquake has hit Alaska's largest city and other parts of the state's most populated region on Thursday, June 16.

The earthquake struck shortly after 11 a.m., according to seismologists at the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. It was centered about 50 miles southwest of Anchorage, said tsunami program manager Cindi Pressler.

The quake occurred 30 miles below ground and rumbled for several seconds. It will not generate a tsunami, the warning center said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell. The Anchorage Fire Department didn't even get any calls in the immediate aftermath, said dispatcher Lori Zaumseil.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the event was widely felt in the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions, with the strongest shaking occurring in the Peninsula communities of Sterling and Soldotna.
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