WILLOW, Alaska (CBS SF) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake struck in Alaska, but no tsunami was expected.
The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 2:32 p.m. with its epicenter about 64 miles west of Willow, Alaska. It was later downgraded to a magnitude 5.8 quake by the USGS.READ MORE: Santa Rosa Neighbors Blame City After Creek Overflows, Flooding Homes, Forcing Evacuations
The quake struck at a depth of 64 miles.
Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.
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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.
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