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Strong 7.0 earthquake and aftershocks hit Alaska

Staff Writer |
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks.

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The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake Friday morning was centered about 8.5 miles from Alaska's largest city.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a two-story building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were injuries.

People went back inside buildings after the earthquake but a smaller aftershock a short time later sent them running back into the streets again.

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