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Earthquake shakes Alaska Peninsula; no damages

Posted: Wednesday, February 02, 2011

SAND POINT — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook several communities on the Alaska Peninsula, but there have been no immediate reports of damage.

Krista Galvin is an administrative assistant with the city of Sand Point. She says it felt “like it just kept shaking, just longer than usual,” maybe lasting as long as a couple of minutes.

She hadn’t heard of any damage, but said the school on top of a hill also felt an aftershock, which wasn’t felt in town. Sand Point is about 570 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the Tuesday afternoon earthquake was centered 25 miles south of Sand Point, at a depth of almost 22 miles.

It was also felt in Cold Bay and Chignik.



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