6.0 earthquake hits Alaska's Aleutian Islands

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(AP) – A strong earthquake that struck a remote and sparsely populated region of Alaska was felt on the island of Shemya where the U.S. military operates an air station.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 and occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Aleutian Islands that extend into the Bering Sea in far southwestern Alaska.

Shemya is 108 miles west-northwest of where the earthquake was centered. It is home to Eareckson Air Station, which serves mainly as an early warning radar installation.

A state Web page says most of the military personnel are off the island, but there are dozens of civilian contractors maintaining the facility.

The Earthquake Information Center says there were no immediate reports of damage.

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