Large earthquake hits southern Alaska

Large earthquake hits southern Alaska

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Grocery items litter the aisles inside a supermarket following the earthquake. (VINCENT NUSUNGINYA)
Grocery items litter the aisles inside a supermarket following the earthquake. (VINCENT NUSUNGINYA)

Aftershocks have rattled south-central Alaska after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls, sparked evacuations and reportedly led to a gas blast which demolished a house.

The quake struck about 1.30am Alaska time and was centred 86km west of Anchor Point in the Kenai Peninsula, which is about 257km southwest of Anchorage, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

About two hours later, a magnitude-4.3 aftershock hit the Cook Inlet, the agency said. A slightly stronger aftershock – magnitude-4.7 -hit the Cook Inlet at 5.29am.

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The quake struck 86km southwest of Anchor Point.

Andrew Sayers, 26, of Kasilof was watching television when the quake struck.

“The house started to shake violently. The TV we were watching fell over, stuff fell off the walls,” he said. “Dishes were crashing, and we sprinted toward the doorway.”

Article Source: stuff.co.nz

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