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Earthquake Rattles Alaska


A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook parts of southern Alaska at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The shaking was felt in Anchorage, about 75 miles west of the epicenter, and in Fairbanks, which is about 250 miles away.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. "This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes. Since 1900, this region has hosted twelve large earthquakes," the U.S. Geological Survey says.

The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, hit southern Alaska in 1964.

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