Earthquake rattles Anchorage

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake rattled buildings Wednesday in Anchorage and other communities in Alaska. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The temblor at 10:19 a.m. was 31 miles west of Anchorage and 15 miles northeast of the village of Tyonek. The epicenter was 31 miles below ground, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake did not generate a tsunami, according to the center.

Alaska is seismically active and has frequent earthquakes, although most are too small or too remote to be felt.

Alaska is the site of the biggest earthquake recorded in North America — a magnitude-9.2 quake on Good Friday 1964 that struck 75 miles east of Anchorage on Prince William Sound. The quake and the ensuing tsunami killed 115 people in Alaska and 16 people in California.

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Posted on August 19, 2009, in Alaska and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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