Monday, May 31, 2021

Powerful 6.1 Quake Hits Alaska

Powerful 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Alaska, shaking homes and knocking items off shelves across 2,000 miles

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has struck Alaska.

The quake was at a depth of 36.2 miles and occurred about 100 miles north Anchorage, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

It struck at around 10.59pm local time on Sunday, and was felt widely throughout the Alaskan interior, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. 

Residents from Homer to Fairbanks reported feeling the tremors - comprising an area of nearly 2,000 square miles. 

There were no immediate reports of damage.  

According to reports, the earthquake was felt from Homer to Fairbanks, and was felt especially strongly the Mat-Su and Anchorage areas. 

No tsunami warning was issued by the National Tsunami Warning Center as of 23.43pm local time on Sunday.

The USGS initially reported the preliminary magnitude as 6.0 and revised it up to 6.1 after review. 

Separately, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) also pegged the trembler's magnitude at 6.1. 

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