US rocked by huge 6.5 magnitude earthquake off coast of Alaska Peninsula

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The United States has been rocked by an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.

It struck the Alaska Peninsula on Monday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The earthquake struck 114km east of the city of Chignik and was a depth of 75km according to the EMSC.

No tsunami warning was issued after it struck.

Meteorologist Matthew Cappucci reported that the quake appeared to be an aftershock of an 8.2 earthquake that happened on July 29.

He said that aftershocks can last for months as well as being strong.

No tsunami threat was issued due to the mainly horizontal slip motion, he added.

The earthquake in July was the strongest to hit the US in 50 years. The epicentre struck off the coast of Alaska, causing tremors that could be felt throughout the state and setting tsunami alarms blaring.

The tsunami warning lasted nearly two hours and was in place as far south as Hawaii, with officials as far away as New Zealand assessing the potential threat.

A tsunami warning was issued soon afterward when the tremor was recorded off the coast of Perryville, meaning the two quakes were around 38 miles apart.

Residents in coastal areas are being urged to flee to higher ground after the first earthquake in July.

An alert sent to people's phones said: "The National Weather Service has issued a TSUNAMI WARNING. A series of powerful waves and strong currents may impact coasts near you.

"You are in danger. Get away from coastal waters.

"Move to higher ground or inland now. Keep away from the coast until local officials say it is safe to return."

Thankfully the earthquake did little damage to people or property.

Parts of Alaska are in the Ring of Fire, an area known for a huge number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that take place there.

The volatile Ring of Fire is a string of volcanoes and potential earthquake sites dotted around the boundaries of the Pacific Ocean.

Nearly 75% of the active volcanoes on earth are situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire while at least 90% of the major earthquakes occur in and around this zone.

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