Strong offshore earthquake hits near Alaska islands on January 3

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      A notable offshore earthquake struck among islands between Alaska and Russia this afternoon. Meanwhile, a quake also hit an island off the southern Alaskan coastline just after midnight, and a shallow quake rumbled in southeastern Idaho yesterday.

      It struck at 4:38 p.m. today (B.C. time), at a depth of 17 kilometres (11 miles).

      The U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 6.1-magnitude quake.

      The epicentre was located in the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands between Alaska and Russia, and was 235 kilometres (146 miles) southwest of Adak, Alaska.

      The U.S. Tsunami Warning Centre stated that a tsunami was not expected for the North American West Coast from this quake.

      U.S. Geological Survey

      Earlier today, a 4.8-magnitude quake at 12:45 a.m. (B.C. time) on Kodiak Island in Alaska.

      At a depth of 61 kilometres (38 miles), the epicentre was located 13 miles (eight miles) northeast of Larsen Bay, Alaska; and 459 kilometres (283 miles) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.

      U.S. Geological Survey

      Meanwhile, a shallow 4.2-magnitude quake struck southern Idaho at 9:35 p.m. last night (January 2).

      At a depth of only five kilometres (three miles), the epicentre was located 11 kilometres (seven miles) northwest of Georgetown, Idaho; and 203 kilometres (126 miles) north of Salt Lake City, Utah.

      It was reported as felt but no damage was reported.

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