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Largest quake since ’65 causes little damage


The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region, officials said Thursday.

The 8.2-magnitude earthquake was reported about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and struck just south of the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 500 miles southwest of Anchorage. The quake was about 29 miles below the surface of the North Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Alaska Earthquake Center said on its website that it was the largest quake in the United States since a 8.7-magnitude quake in the Aleutians in 1965. A year before that, the 9.2-magnitude Good Friday earthquake devastated parts of Anchorage and other Alaska communitie­s. That quake and ensuing tsunami killed 131 people from Alaska to California.

The late-wednesday quake produced a lot of shaking but officials said no major damage was reported after sunrise Thursday.

“We were fortunate,” said Jordan Keeler, the city administra­tor in Sand Point, a community of about 1,300 people about 65 miles southwest of the quake’s epicenter.

A tsunami warning for Alaska was canceled early Thursday when the biggest wave, of just over a half foot, was recorded in Old Harbor. A tsunami warning that also had been issued for Hawaii was canceled.

Several other earthquake­s, some with preliminar­y magnitudes of 6.2 and 5.6, occurred in the same area within hours of the first one, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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