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Published on Monday, October 11, 2021

Powerful earthquakes strike Hawaii and Alaska






Two powerful earthquakes rattled Hawaii's Big Island on Sunday but did not lead to a Tsunami alert.


The first quake struck with a magnitude of 6.1 followed by a 6.2 both in the same area about 17 miles south of the island.


No injuries or major damage have been reported, although the quakes caused severe shaking of buildings.


It follows ongoing seismic activity at the Kilauea volcano on the ilsland but there is no sign the slow-burning eruption has been impacted.


"Webcams and other data streams show no impact on the ongoing eruption at Kilauea except for a few minor rockfalls reported within Halemaumau crater," HVO scientist-in charge Ken Hon said.


According to the Hawaii Department of Transportation airports and bridges have been inspected and given the all-clear with no damage reported.


Just a few hours later an even stronger earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska.


The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was about 71 miles east of Chignik and a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale.


The Tsunami Warning Centeragain says there is no tsunami threat.


 

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