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Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude jolts Alaska: Four homes destroyed but no casualties reported

Jan 25, 2016    

Anchorage, US: A magnitude-7.1 earthquake has knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. But there were no reports of injuries. Alaska's state seismologist, Michael West, called it the strongest earthquake in the state's south-central region in decades.Alaska often has larger or more powerful earthquakes, such as a 7.9 last year in the remote Aleutian Islands. "However, last night's earthquake is significant because it was close enough to Alaska's population centers," West said, adding that aftershocks coul...

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