Three earthquakes rattle Southeast

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2001

PALMER (AP) -- Three earthquakes with the same epicenter rattled Southeast Alaska on Saturday.

All three were centered off shore about 40 miles southwest of Dixon Entrance, near Alaska's southeastern tip.

Guy Urban, a spokesperson for the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, said the first and strongest quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 at 11:12 a.m. He said it was felt strongly felt in the area.

Urban said residents of Ketchikan, about 124 miles northeast of the epicenter, felt the ground move, as did residents of Craig, Wrangell and Hydaburg.

Urban says the second quake, about a half-hour later at 11:39 a.m., had a preliminary magnitude of 4.5.

The third quake, with a magnitude of 5.2, was recorded at 12:19 p.m.

No injuries or damage were reported.

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