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Major Earthquake of 7.0 Richter Rocks Alaska

  • A major earthquake of 7.0 Richter intensity struck Alaska at 08.29 local time (17.29 GMT). The US Geological Survey (USGS) has said that the earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage (the largest city in the state of Alaska). Reports say 40 aftershocks were registered after the major earthquake. The most powerful aftershock had an intensity of 5.7 Richter. The Alaska Earthquake Center reported that 3 aftershocks had 5.0 Richter intensity and 10 aftershocks had 4.0 Richter intensity. Though a tsunami alert was issued at some parts (especially for the regions of Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula), it was later canceled. A declaration of disaster was issued by Alaska's Governor Bill Walker. The US President said, “Your Federal Government will spare no expense.”