On Tuesday night, some Americans had to deal with an earthquake occurring at a depth of more than 62 miles. The jolt occurred at 8:35 pm, and citizens reported the event to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was felt widely across Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage Daily News wrote about the new earthquake, and fortunately, there’s no clue of anyone getting hurt. The jolt had a magnitude of only 4.5; it was centered around 69 miles west of Anchorage and almost 15 miles northeast of Mount Spurr.
A statement from Alaska Earthquake Center writes:
Good evening AK! We just reviewed a M4.5 at 8:35 pm, 62 Mike’s deep and 37 miles NW of Tyonek. This event was felt widely throughout Anchorage & Mat-Su Valley. For more details & to fill out those DYFI reports, please go to https://earthquake.alaska.edu/event/0212umi8ne
Another earthquake of 5.3 magnitude jolted the Anchorage municipality from Alaska on Saturday morning, according to CNN. The epicenter was located less than 10 miles outside of Anchorage, around Point MacKenzie. This latter earthquake was an aftershock of a much older jolt of a magnitude 7.1 that occurred in 2018, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center.
Swarm of earthquakes in Washington state
Our website has recently written about a swarm of 20 earthquakes detected by geologists in the Washington state, although they were even less powerful than the recent one that jolted Southcentral Alaska. The maximum magnitude reached only about 2.5, and they occurred close to Mount Rainier.
The USGS issued the following statement:
Earthquakes are part of the background activity at Mount Rainier, and swarms of this number of earthquakes typically occur once or twice a year.
Earthquakes occur on a daily basis around the world, but fortunately, most of them are barely noticeable.