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Photo Gallery: Strong earthquake shakes Southcentral, Interior Alaska

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:20 AM September 25, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Alaska at 9:51 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

The quake originated near Finger Lake along the Iditarod Trail, about 60 miles southwest of Talkeetna and about 80 miles northwest of Anchorage. It was originally reported as a 6.1 magnitude shaker by the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center and later upgraded. It was recorded at a depth of nearly 64 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami was not expected following the shaker, and there have been no reports of major damage.

People as far away as Kodiak, Cordova, Fairbanks and North Pole reported feeling the earthquake, according to the USGS website.

Alaskans took to social media to describe where they were and what they did when the ground shook. Deb Gibson Patrick, who was in the Palmer/Butte area at time, shared a photo over Facebook and said the earthquake’s shaking cracked the ceiling in her home. The Anchorage School District shared a photo on Twitter of students crouched under desks — what people are supposed to do during an earthquake, the Alaska Earthquake Information Center advised.

Our cameras were rolling at a press event for U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan when the earthquake started. Take at look at the video by clicking here.

Thursday’s quake was the second largest in Alaska this year, and by far the most widely felt, the Alaska Earthquake Information Center tweeted. On June 23, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake jolted the Aleutian Islands and made the top eight for largest quakes in U.S. history. No major damage was reported.

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