Earthquake in Alaska: Magnitude 7.3 intensity quake shakes Anchorage, takes Twitter by storm

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Anchorage | Updated: January 24, 2016 6:18 PM

Earthquake in Alaska of magnitude 7.3 intensity on Richter scale hit the southern parts of the US state early on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, setting off tremors felt more than 170 miles (280 km) away in state's biggest city Anchorage.

Earthquake report quickly hit Twitter and users reported feeling shaking, but there were no immediate reports of casualties in the region. (Reuters)Earthquake in Alaska: Quake report quickly hit Twitter and users reported feeling shaking, but there were no immediate reports of casualties in the region. (Reuters)

Earthquake in Alaska of magnitude 7.3 intensity on Richter scale hit the southern parts of the US state early on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, setting off tremors felt more than 170 miles (280 km) away in state’s biggest city Anchorage.

Earthquake report quickly hit Twitter and users reported feeling shaking, but there were no immediate reports of casualties in the region.

“Long and pretty strong earthquake and power out in West Anchorage,” wrote David Hulen.

The magnitude 7.3 quake struck 30 miles east-southeast of Pedro Bay, on the shore of Iliamna Lake, the USGS added. It was recorded at a depth of 124.8 km at 1030 GMT.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not anticipating a destructive tsunami and that there was no threat to Hawaii from the quake.

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