Large earthquake hits southern Alaska

Aftershocks have rattled south-central Alaska after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls, sparked evacuations and reportedly led to a gas blast which demolished a house.

The quake struck about 1.30am Alaska time and was centred 86km west of Anchor Point in the Kenai Peninsula, which is about 257km southwest of Anchorage, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

About two hours later, a magnitude-4.3 aftershock hit the Cook Inlet, the agency said. A slightly stronger aftershock – magnitude-4.7 -hit the Cook Inlet at 5.29am.


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