Early-morning quake shakes Juneau, Southeast

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A moderate earthquake, felt by many in Juneau, jolted Southeast Alaska early Tuesday morning. No serious damage or injury was reported.

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The quake at 6:49 a.m. had a magnitude of 5.7, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center in Fairbanks. It was centered 57 miles west of Haines at a depth of five miles.

"Things got knocked off walls, but I think everything has been OK," said Julie Cozzi, Haines Borough clerk.

Judy Erickson of Haines, 75 air miles northeast of Juneau, said it was one of the biggest temblors she had felt in a long time.

"It sounded like a big gust of wind hit the window," Erickson said. "Then I started yelling, 'Earthquake!"'

Erickson said the quake caused her family's apartment on the third floor of the Alaska Indian Arts building to sway.

The quake also was felt in Sitka and numerous other communities.

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Some Juneau residents reported cracked plaster and shaken wall hangings, but both local and state authorities said they had no reports of serious damage.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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