Strong quake rocks Alaska

The quake measured magnitude 7.
The quake measured magnitude 7. Photo credit: Getty

A strong quake has hit Alaska, close to the capital city of Anchorage.

According to the US Geological Service, it measured magnitude 7 and was 41km deep.

Lamp posts and trees swayed, boxes were knocked off shelves and some buildings have been cracked, Associated Press (AP) reports. Pavements buckled and ceiling tiles collapsed in some places.

The quake, 12km north of Anchorage, was followed by aftershocks measuring up to 5.7.

Residents were urged to head to higher ground, fearing a tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center quickly said there were no signs of a threat.

Alaska has more large quakes than the rest of the US combined, according to AP.

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