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Magnitude-5.1 earthquake hits Alaska near Fairbanks; Magnitude-6.1 quake jolts northern Pakistan

Map of Alaska earthquake, August 30, 2014. Image: USGS
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Moderate earthquake hits region near Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 43 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Saturday night.

The center says no reports of damage have been received about the earthquake. It adds that the earthquake hit at 7:06 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time and had a depth of 10 miles.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1vyXMck) that It was widely felt in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas and as far as Healy and Manley Hot Springs. Residents told the newspaper that they felt shaking for about 10 seconds.

The earthquake center says that on Aug. 13 a light earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 struck the state's Cook Inlet region. That quake, recorded at 10:04 p.m. Alaska time, was centered about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage at a depth of about 82 miles.

Magnitude-6 earthquake jolts northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A magnitude-6 earthquake struck northern Pakistan on Sunday, authorities said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Pakistan Meteorological Department official Mohammad Shahid said people felt the quake in Peshawar and Islamabad. He said its epicenter was in the Hindu Kush mountains on the country's border with Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

The U.S. Geological Survey described the temblor as a magnitude-5.1 quake that struck in Afghanistan, some 280 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of the capital, Kabul. Such conflicting data is common immediately after an earthquake.

Pakistan and the region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a magnitude-7.7 quake struck Pakistan's Baluchistan province, killing at least 376 people.

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