6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Alaska

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has shaken the Alaska Peninsula near the settlement of Perryville. The quake, which would have leveled a built-up area, struck an region rife with seismic activity.

The earthquake was reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) early on Saturday morning. The USGS rated the quake at 6.9 on the magnitude scale, a rating classified as “strong” and a fraction of a point below “major.”

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