Earthquakes occur in 3 parts of Alaska

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Earthquakes jolted three different parts of Alaska on Friday.

Several earthquakes, including one with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred around the same location in the southeast part of the state early Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east.

An unrelated magnitude-4.3 earthquake was felt in Kodiak. No one reported feeling an unrelated magnitude-3.7 quake in Alaska's interior.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Natasha Ruppert said it's somewhat unusual to have unrelated quakes strong enough to be felt in two parts of the state.

The magnitude-5.9 quake in southeast Alaska was immediately preceded by a magnitude-5.3 foreshock and followed by multiple aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 4.6.

No tsunami was expected.

Alaska Communications reported spotty outages with cellphone and wireless service in southeast Alaska that it blamed on the larger quake. The company was working to resolve the issue, spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship said.