UPDATE 1-Magnitude 5.8 quake rattles Anchorage, Alaska

Reuters Middle East

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 3 (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.8

earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska on Monday, close to

the city of Anchorage, rattling buildings and knocking

bric-a-brac from shelves, but no serious damage or injuries were


The tremor, initially reported as a magnitude 5.7, struck at

4:42 p.m. (8:42 p.m. EST/0142 GMT) 25 miles (41 km) west of

Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, relatively shallow at a depth of 33.1 miles (53

km), was widely felt in Anchorage, according to Guy Urban, a

geophysicist for the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning

Center in Palmer, Alaska.

"Some people in Anchorage said some things fell off the

shelves," he told Reuters, adding that the center was unaware of

any severe property damage or anyone being hurt.

Quakes of similar strength are fairly common in Alaska, one

of the most seismically active parts of the United States.

(Reporting by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage. Additional reporting

by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Steve Gorman and

Sandra Maler)

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