Strong earthquake rattles Alaska

Associated Press

Anchorage, Alaska — A powerful earthquake shook up a large swath of Alaska on Thursday morning, including the state’s largest city.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, and hit at 9:51 a.m. The epicenter was 80 miles northwest of Anchorage, where it was strongly felt, and lingered for at least one minute, the Alaska Earthquake Center said.

Residents of Anchorage ducked under desks and tables as the ground shook. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, and no tsunami was expected. The shaking was felt as far as 250 miles northeast of the epicenter.

Debra Pearce, who works for Alaska Auction Company, said she has lived in Alaska for years and that this was the strongest quake she felt since a 1964 temblor.

That earthquake - a magnitude 9.2 - was the second-highest magnitude ever recorded, and the quake and resulting tsunamis killed 131 people.