2018 Anchorage earthquake

Coordinates: 61°20′46″N 149°57′18″W / 61.346°N 149.955°W / 61.346; -149.955
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2018 Anchorage earthquake
2018 Anchorage earthquake is located in Alaska
2018 Anchorage earthquake
UTC time2018-11-30 17:29:29
ISC event614401515
Local dateNovember 30, 2018
Local time08:29:28 AKST
Magnitude7.1 Mww[1]
Depth46.7 km (29.0 mi)
Epicenter61°20′46″N 149°57′18″W / 61.346°N 149.955°W / 61.346; -149.955
TypeDip-slip (normal)
Areas affectedAlaska
Max. intensityVIII (Severe)

On November 30, 2018, at 8:29 AKST (17:29 UTC), a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska.[2] The earthquake's epicenter was near Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, about 10 miles (16 km) north of the city.

It was followed by a 5.7 aftershock epicentered 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-northwest of the city.[3][4] There were a total of 40 aftershocks. The earthquake could be felt as far as Fairbanks.[5]

Severe damage to several buildings and a highway overpass near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport have been reported.[6] There are no casualties reported so far.[7]

A tsunami warning was issued for nearby coastal areas, including Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula, but they were lifted shortly after.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nov. 30 Southcentral quake's magnitude revised to 7.1". KTVA. Archived from the original on April 18, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. "M 7.0 - 13km N of Anchorage, Alaska". earthquake.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  3. D'Oro, Rachel; Joling, Dan (2018-11-30). "Powerful quakes buckle Alaska roads, trigger tsunami warning". Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  4. "M 5.7 - 4km NNW of Anchorage, Alaska 2018-11-30 17:35:37 (UTC)". earthquake.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  5. "The Latest: Scientists describe fault where quake happened". AP NEWS. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  6. "Large earthquake strikes Southcentral Alaska; tsunami warnings issued". Anchorage Daily News. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  7. "Huge earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage; tsunami warning issued". CBS News. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  8. "Alaska earthquake: Anchorage rocked by 7.0 tremors". BBC News. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2018-11-30.