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Moderate Alaska earthquake felt in interior communities of state

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Seismologists say a moderate earthquake struck Alaska and was felt in communities of the state's interior.

The Alaska Earthquake Center says the 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 4:36 p.m. Monday.

State seismologist Michael West says the quake was centered about 40 miles northwest of Fairbanks and was felt there and other communities, including Nenana and Salcha.

There are no immediate reports of injury or damage.

West says seismologists are trying to determine if the quake was connected to a 5.0 magnitude quake that occurred Aug. 30 near the same location.

The National Tsunami Warning Center says Monday's earthquake is not expected to trigger a tsunami.

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