Moderate earthquake rocks Anchorage area

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:33pm EDT

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 rocked the Anchorage area on Thursday morning.

The moderate quake, centered about 50 miles southwest of Alaska's largest city, struck at 11:06 a.m. Alaska time, according to the National Weather Service's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

No damage reports came in immediately after the earthquake, said Paul Whitmore, director of the center, which is based in Palmer, Alaska.

"We haven't received any, and we don't expect any tsunami danger from it, either," Whitmore told Reuters.

No tsunami warning will be issued, the center said in a statement.

Many people in Anchorage and outlying communities reported feeling the quake, which struck Alaska's most densely populated region, Whitmore said.

The epicenter was on the Kenai Peninsula, near the community of Nikiski, according to the center

(Reporting by Yereth Rosen, editing by Dan Whitcomb)

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