Strong earthquake rattles Alaska

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- No damage or injuries were reported after a strong earthquake hit Alaska.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, struck at 11:33 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Friday and was felt for hundreds of miles, the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.

It was centered about 70 miles east of King Salmon on the Alaska Peninsula, about 245 miles southwest of Anchorage, center geophysicist Guy Urban said. Its depth was calculated at 25 miles.

The Bristol Bay Borough Police Department, which has its main dispatch center in King Salmon, received no reports of damage or injuries, dispatcher Stacy Hazenberg said Saturday morning. But, she added, ''It was a good one.''

The quake jolted residents of Anchorage, Kodiak, the Kenai Peninsula and other relatively distant cities, including Yakutat.

A dispatcher at the Anchorage police communications center said no damage had been reported there either, though the quake was sharply felt.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck south of Seattle on Feb. 28 did more than $2 billion damage but claimed no lives.

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