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The Latest: the North Slope of Alaska region affected by another earthquake

KAKTOVIK, Alaska – The Latest on eathquakes hitting the North Slope of Alaska (all times are local):

1:35 pm

The U. S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 1:15 p.m. Sunday near the city of Kaktovik on the North Slope of Alaska.

The earthquake came a few hours after the North Slope was affected by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, according to the state of the seismologist.

At 6:58 pm Sunday, the magnitude 6,.4 earthquake an area of 42 miles (67 kilometers) east of the Kavik River Camp, and 343 miles (551 kilometers northeast of Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. The agency says the earthquake had a depth of about 6 miles (9.9 kilometers.)

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12:33 pm

The North Slope of Alaska was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever measured in the region, the state seismologist said.

At 6:58 pm Sunday, the magnitude 6,.4 earthquake an area of 42 miles (67 kilometers) east of the Kavik River Camp, and 343 miles (551 kilometers northeast of Fairbanks, the state’s second-largest city. The agency says the earthquake had a depth of about 6 miles (9.9 kilometers.)

State seismologist Mike West told the Anchorage Daily News that the quake was the largest recorded in the North Slope with a significant amount. “This is a very important event for us some time to understand,” he told the Daily News.

The previous most powerful earthquake in the North Slope was in 1995 on the size 5.2, West told the newspaper.

The jump from 5.2 to Sunday’s 6.4 is of interest, because earthquakes are growing rapidly in strength as the size increases, ” he said. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake is 15.8 times larger and 63.1 times stronger than a 5.2 earthquake, according to the u.s. Geological Survey.

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