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Magnitude 4.9 quake hits north of Anchorage; widely felt, no damage reports


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Earthquake Center says an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 was widely felt across southcentral Alaska on Friday night but there have been no reports of damage.

More than 200 people quickly logged on to a national earthquake information website to report feeling it. Many of the responses came from Anchorage. The Alaska center says the quake was felt from Talkeetna to Valdez. It hit at 7:53 p.m.

The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, said the quake was centered about 55 miles north of Anchorage.

The Alaska center described the Friday night quake as 64 miles east of and 25 miles shallower than the powerful 6.2 quake that shook a large swath of the state on Thursday morning. State seismologist Mike West tweeted that the latest event was "not a true aftershock, but possibly a readjustment 'nudged' " by the earlier quake.

Thursday's quake knocked things off shelves and caused people to take cover but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

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