Largest US quake in half-century causes Alaska little damage

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region.

    The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was reported about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and struck just south of the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 500 miles southwest of Anchorage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was about 29 miles below the surface of the North Pacific ocean. The Alaska Earthquake Center says it was the largest quake in the U.S. since a magnitude 8.7 quake in the Aleutians in 1965. A year before that, a magnitude 9.2 quake devastated parts of Anchorage and other Alaska communities.

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