Powerful earthquake rattles large swath of Alaska

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 25, 2014 at 5:10 p.m.



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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska Thursday morning.

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the epicenter was about 80 miles northwest of Anchorage, where it was strongly felt. The quake lingered for at least a minute in some areas.

Staffers at the Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage felt the shaking in their office on the top floor of the six-story building.

They took the stairs outside, where they waited for about 20 minutes before being allowed back in the building.

Alaska emergency officials received scattered reports of things flying off shelves. But there have been no reports of any infrastructure damage.

The Alaska Railroad stopped all trains to check the tracks and bridges for damages, which is a procedure after earthquakes.

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