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6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Alaska

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska Thursday morning, with its epicenter located 81 miles northwest of the city of Anchorage. Map by Google Maps

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Alaska this morning, shaking residents in one the strongest quakes for the state in 50 years.

The earthquake struck at 9:51 a.m. EDT, with an epicenter located 81 miles northwest of Anchorage and, the Associated Press reports, the effects were felt “as far as 250 miles northeast” of the quake’s origin. No damage or injuries were reported in the aftermath, and officials say no tsunamis are expected to result from the event.

Seismologist Natalia Ruppert, of the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, told the Alaska Dispatch News that Thursday’s earthquake was caused as the Pacific tectonic plate dove underneath the North American plate.

“This was quite deep, so I wouldn’t expect any serious damage,” Ruppert said. “Deep earthquakes normally don’t produce as many aftershocks as shallow earthquakes, so there will be some aftershocks, but I don’t expect there to be too many.”

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