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Earthquake Rocks Central Alaska

November 3, 2002

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A major earthquake rocked a sparsely poplulated area of interior Alaska on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of major damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., measured the quake at 7.9; the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center recorded it at 7.5.

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

The quake hit at 1:13 p.m Alaska Standard Time, said Bruce Turner of Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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

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.

The ``Good Friday″ earthquake in Alaska that left 131 people dead in 1964 measured 8.5 on Richter scale. Current measures put the magnitude at 9.2.