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MAGNITUDE 6.5 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CENTRAL ALASKA

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit central Alaska yesterday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck an area 41.8 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 342.9 miles northeast of Fairbanks, the state’s second-biggest city.

The survey says the earthquake has a depth of about four-tenths of a mile.

In January, a powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night after a cellphone alert warned a tsunami could hit communities along the state’s southern coast and parts of British Columbia. The magnitude 7.9 quake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered the alert.

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