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Alaska hit by quake of magnitude 6.9 -USGS

An earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the thinly-populated community of Nikolski in the U.S. state of Alaska on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, at a depth of 22 km (14 miles), hit southwest of Nikolski in the Aleutian Islands, at 0535 GMT. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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