- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A strong earthquake has jolted urban areas of Alaska, sending people diving under desks and huddling in doorways.

The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck near the town of Willow at 11:28 a.m. Monday. The epicenter was 58 miles from the state’s largest city, Anchorage, where the rumbling continued for several moments.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center reported the magnitude at a slightly weaker 5.3 and said no tsunami will be generated.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injury, but the shaking was felt over a wide swatch of south-central Alaska.

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