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Earth rattles, rolls in Western states

Series of earthquakes jangles nerves but reportedly causes little damage

BY JIM SKILLINGTON | BALTIMORE | April 11, 2012

A series of earthquakes rattled the western United States Wednesday, knocking things off shelves and unnerving residents but apparently causing little other damage.

The largest of threes quake was a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that was reported off the coast of Oregon Wednesday afternoon. It followed a 5.5-magnitude quake reported in the Andreanof Islands in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. The third quake was measured at 4.8-magnitude in Panguitch, Utah.

The United States Geologic Survey (USGS) said a number of smalled quakes also occurred along the Pacific Coast Wednesday.

Meanwhile in other parts of the world, two strong earthquakes were recorded off Indonesia's Sumatra Island Wednesday and 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook west-central Mexico's Michoacan state.

The Indonesian government said it received no reports of casualties or significant damage from the initial earthquake, registering 8.6 in magnitude, or from several aftershocks, the strongest of which was 8.2-magnitude, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


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