A moderate earthquake was recorded Friday morning in Alaska above the Arctic Circle, and was followed by an aftershock almost as powerful.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports in a release that the quake was felt in the hub community of Kotzebue and at the Red Dog Mine, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake in the Brooks Range region of Alaska had a magnitude of 5.5, and was located at a depth of about 15 miles. It was recorded at 10:44 am.., and was followed two minutes later by an aftershock that had a magnitude of 5.3. Three additional aftershocks have followed, two at magnitude 3.7 and one at magnitude 4.1.
The quake was centered about 15 miles northeast of Noatak, in northwest Alaska.
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