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Earthquake Rocks Central Alaska

November 3, 2002

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked interior and south-central areas of Alaska on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of major damage.

The U.S. geological survey measured the quake at 7.9. The quake hit at 1:13 p.m Alaska Standard Time, said Bruce Turner of the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

``It shook for a good 30 seconds,″ he said.

The epicenter of the quake was 90 miles south of Fairbanks, and was strongly felt in Anchorage about 270 miles to the south.

Within minutes of the quake, Turner said he had heard no reports of damage on land. The earthquake also did not generate a tsunami.

Jill Woster said she was driving between Fairbanks and her home in North Pole when the quake began.

``The car felt like it was going to fall apart,″ she said. Woster arrived home to find pictures off the walls and on the floor, along with glassware.

Earthquakes above magnitude 7 are considered major _ capable of widespread, heavy damage. A magnitude 7.5 quake killed 114 people in Alaska in 1964.