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Alaska Earthquake: 6.9-Magnitude Tremor Strikes Near Aleutian Islands

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By    |   Monday, 27 Jul 2015 02:29 PM

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska near the Aleutian Islands over the weekend, but luckily there were no injuries or tsunami warnings issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) tweeted immediately after the Sunday incident to warn and inform citizens:



The quake’s epicenter was only 58 miles southeast of Yunaska Island, which is the largest of the islands in that Aleutian Island chain, which spans from the U.S. to Russia. The chain is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, a volcanic area known for its seismic incidents, CNN reported.

The area has had more than 12 large earthquakes since 1900, the Daily Mail said.

The depth of the Sunday tremor was approximately 16.8 miles, but there was no tsunami alert in effect.

The earth began to shake at 8:49 p.m. and there were several aftershocks, according to Alaska Dispatch News. As of 6 a.m. Monday morning, the earthquake had caused five aftershocks in the area with a magnitude of 5.0 or more, and more than 12 aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 4.9.

There are no reported casualties or damage as a result of the earthquake. Anchorage is less than 1,000 miles from the earthquake’s site although the closest civilization is Nikolski, which has a population of only about 20 people.

The earthquake was also only 53 miles south of Mount Cleveland, a rumbling volcano that last exploded on July 21.

Another earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude struck 58 miles from Krajan Tambakrejo in Indonesia Sunday afternoon, reported the Daily Mail. The undersea earthquake had a 37-mile depth but did not incite any injuries or a tsunami warning. East Java residents felt the earth shake for about six seconds.

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