Strong Earthquake Hits Islands Off Alaskan Coast

Associated Press

The U.S. Geological Survey said a strong earthquake followed by two sharp aftershocks occurred Thursday in the Rat Islands area of the Aleutians, a sparsely populated chain of islands jutting into the Pacific Ocean off Alaska.

The main temblor was recorded at a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale and the aftershocks measured 5.5, according to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center.

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