5.6 magnitude quake hits Rat Islands

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit the remote Rat Islands on Wednesday night but there were no reports that it was felt or caused any damage.

The Rat Islands lie in the Aleutian Island chain of southwest Alaska. The quake's epicenter was about 1,300 miles southwest of Anchorage.

It was recorded at 8:28 p.m. local time.

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says it's "one of the typical Rat Island quakes that we have quite often."

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