Biggest Earthquake in This Area Ever

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A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 9:58 am EDT in northeast Alaska.  This is by far the biggest earthquake to ever hit this area – going back to the year 1900

There were no reported injuries from the temblor.  It was quickly determined there was no damage to the Alaska Pipeline.  The quake was felt strongly at Prudhoe Bay and was felt all the way down to Fairbanks, which is 338 miles south-southwest of the epicenter.  The Alaska state seismologist, Mike West, told the Anchorage Daily News that the quake was the biggest recorded in the North Slope by a substantial amount. “This is a very significant event that will take us some time to understand,” he told the Daily News.  The previous most powerful quake in the North Slope was in 1995 at magnitude 5.2, West told the newspaper.  The jump from a 5.2 to Sunday’s 6.4 is significant because earthquakes rapidly grow in strength as magnitude rises, he said.  There have been over 100 aftershocks, up to magnitude  5.1. 

This is a webcam grab from the Barrow (Utqiaġvik) webcam early Tues. AM.  It’s a cloudy, cool morning with a little fog over the ocean.  The high temperature at Barrow on Monday was just 37° and they had 5 hours of very light snow flurries.  A chilly north wind blew off the ocean at around 15 mph for much of the day.  Point Thomson AK reported a low temp. of  28.  Yakutat had a 3.99″ deluge in 24 hours and Cordova had 1.66″ of rain. 

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