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The Latest: Big aftershocks from Alaska earthquake continue

December 6, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Earthquake (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Strong aftershocks from last week’s powerful earthquake in southcentral Alaska continue to shake up residents.

A 4.8 magnitude aftershock struck at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, followed a minute later by a 4.1 magnitude aftershock.

State Seismologist Mike West says the back-to-back aftershocks occurred more than 10 miles apart on the rupture zone of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck last Friday 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of Anchorage.

West, the director of the Alaska Earthquake Center, says more than 2,900 aftershocks have occurred since, but most are too small to feel.

West says 14 of the aftershocks have had a magnitude of 4.5 and above.

The main earthquake damaged structures, disrupted power and cracked roads, but caused no catastrophic damage.

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9:25 a.m.

The U.S. District Court in Anchorage reopened Thursday, nearly a week after a powerful earthquake rocked southcentral Alaska.

Officials say boilers in the federal building were leaking, leaving it without heat, after the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck last Friday.

The temblor 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of Anchorage damaged structures, disrupted power and cracked roads, but caused no catastrophic damage.

The federal courthouse and attached federal building remained closed in the days following the quake after a preliminary evaluation by the federal General Services Administration.

Repairs have been made. But GSA spokesman Chad Hutson says the agency recommends people check with individual agencies in the building call before visiting because some offices might still be cleaning up.

The nearby Historic Federal Building, where the bankruptcy court is located, reopened Tuesday.

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