The remote part of southern Alaska experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake last Sunday. It was felt several hundred miles from its epicenter in Anchorage, their largest city.
Good news is that no one was injured but many neighborhoods in Kenai temporarily evacuated. The reason behind this is the gas explosion which damaged four homes. Reports say that it is not clear whether the explosion was related to the earthquake.
There was also brief of power outages in Anchorage. Moreover, the quake was felt more than 600 mileswest of Anchorage according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Dara Merz, a research technician with Alaska Earthquake Center in Fairbanks, said, “If you take into account how deep it was, that’s a lot of earth and rock that seismic waves have to work through to get to the surface,”
A series of aftershocks was recorded, reaching the magnitude of 4.7.
Since Alaska is a very seismically active state, they always have 80 to 100 quakes a day but most are hardly felt. The most powerful earthquake that hit Alaska was a 7.9 magnitude.