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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Aleutians rocked by series of big quakes

One jolt after another -- the western Aleutians were hit by a series of earthquakes overnight.



The countless quakes started short after midnight. The biggest one, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, struck at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday. There were reports of items falling off shelves in Adak, about 175 miles from the epicenter.



That was followed by a 5.1 quake, which hit about 9:48 a.m., centered about 40 miles southeast of Amchitka Island.



The series of quakes occurred where the Pacific and North American plates collide. Most were in the range of 4.5 and 5.7.

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