Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude shakes Alaska

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Alaska: A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck remote southern Alaska early on Sunday, unleashing shudders felt several hundred miles (km) from the tremor`s lakefront epicenter near on the far end of Cook Inlet from Anchorage, the state`s largest city.

No injuries were reported, but several neighborhoods in the town of Kenai – roughly halfway between the quake`s center and Anchorage – were temporarily evacuated after a gas explosion damaged four homes several hours later.

There were also reports of brief power outages in Anchorage, about 160 miles (257 km) southwest of the epicenter, and cities immediately to the north and south.

The quake produced no tsunami threat, according to the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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