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Earthquake Strikes Remote Islands Between Alaska, Kamchatka


A satellite picture of the Aleutian Islands and the Alaskan Peninsula

An earthquake measuring at 6.6 magnitude struck near the Aleutian archipelago off the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska and east of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, seismologists say.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck on October 8 at a depth of 111.8 kilometers (69 miles) and 60 kilometers east of the remote, uninhabited U.S. island of Buldir in the Aleutians.

The USGS said that "there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage."

The Aleutian islands have a population of about 8,000 people.

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist," the USGS said.

"The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction."

Officials said there were no signs of a possible tsunami after the quake.

Russia’s Geophysical Service of the Academy of Sciences also recorded the temblor not far from the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS
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