Magnitude 5.1 earthquake quake hits Alaska near Fairbanks

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Posted: Oct 23, 2014 1:17 PM

By Steve Quinn

JUNEAU (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska near Fairbanks on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and there were no initial reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor's epicenter was located about 43 miles (70 km) west-northwest of Fairbanks, the largest city in the interior region of Alaska, and third largest in the state, and originated at a depth of 9.3 miles (14 km), the agency said.

Am Alaska State Trooper dispatcher said the agency had not received any emergency calls to report damage or injuries.

There was no threat of a tsunami and the quake, which struck in the same area as a 5.0 magnitude quake on Monday, likely produced light shaking in and around Fairbanks but was unlikely to produce damage, the USGS said.

(Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Eric Walsh)