Quake swarm hits Kodiak Island region

May 17, 2009 at 10:46 AM
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KODIAK, Alaska, May 17 (UPI) -- No injuries were reported from a two-day swarm of earthquakes in Alaska's Kodiak Island region, U.S. geophysicists said.

Twenty earthquakes registering 2.6 and greater shook the region Friday and Saturday, Richard Buckmaster, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., told The Anchorage Daily News.

One of the quakes registered a magnitude of 5.9 but was expected to be upgraded to a magnitude of 6.1, Buckmaster said.

The region is made seismically active by Pacific and North American plates intersecting along the Kodiak and Aleutian islands, Buckmaster said.

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