7.1 magnitude earthquake hits southern Alaska - WDRB 41 Louisville News

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits southern Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The earthquake that rattled southern Alaska early Sunday morning could be followed by aftershocks for weeks.

The U.S. Geological Survey on its website lists the temblor at magnitude 7.1. That was the initial magnitude given by the federal agency before downgrading it to magnitude 6.8 shortly after the quake.

There were no injuries in the earthquake, felt across Alaska's most populated areas. It did cause a gas leak that lead to an explosion in one home and the evacuation of a neighborhood in the community of Kenai.

Alaska State Seismologist Michael West says this is the largest earthquake in decades in this region of Alaska. He also says there's been numerous smaller aftershocks, and those could continue for weeks.

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