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Sea-Tac reopened after earthquake, Boeing Field closed for several days.

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was re-opened on an 'airline discretion' basis on the afternoon of 28 February following an earthquake measuring 6.8 in magnitude.

The airport was closed for several hours after the earthquake, which forced the evacuation of air traffic controllers. The earthquake hit at 1054 PST and lasted about 45 seconds. The airport was reopened by the Federal Aviation Administration after a temporary control centre was established.

Alaska Airlines started limited operations at the airport from about 1630 local time, with some 15 flights departing Sea-Tac, and America West Airlines also operated its regularly scheduled flights into and out of the airport during the evening.

Boeing Field, which is used by cargo carriers, was also shut and there were reports of damage to the runway. The airport is expected to remain closed for several days, Reuters reported.

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