South-Central Alaska Hit With An Earthquake Of 6.8 Magnitude


South-Central Alaska Hit With An Earthquake Of 6.8 Magnitude:

South-central Alaska has been jolted by an earthquake of 6.8 Magnitude, the walls and shelves knocked items dangerously, no immediate injuries have been reported as yet.

‘no reports of injury or significant damage’  said The Anchorage and Valdez police departments.

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Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake Hits Alaska, Jolting Nerves

At 1:30 a.m. Alaska time the city was hit by the earthquake. As reported by U.S. Geological Survey it was centered 53 miles west of Anchor Point and 160 miles southwest of Anchorage, while the initial report by the agency suggested an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude.

The residents of anchorage widely felt the earthquake, The news has spread across about the scattred power outages from Matanuska Electric Association and Chugach Electric in the Anchorage area.

South-Central Alaska Hit With An Earthquake Of 6.8 Magnitude:

Early Sunday in Kenai Peninsula (about 160 road miles southwest of Anchorage), about 4,800 customers were without power as reported by the Homer electric association.

Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake Hits Alaska, Jolting Nerves

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Road damages near the community of Kasilof, on the Kenai Peninsula were detailed on the facebook page of the Alaska Department of Transportation.

The phone lines on the Kenai region got jammed as The Kenai Fire department was on the scene of a gas leak and explosion at a home and many other places about the quake, as announced by the The KSRM (Radio Kenai) radio station at about 2:30 a.m.

Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake Hits Alaska, Jolting Nerves

Later it was confirmed by a dispatcher for the Homer police department informed ” no one called to report broken gas lines or any significant damage, but many called to report feeling the strong quake”.

“I remember the bed swaying back and forth, and loud noises, enough to wake me up even after taking sleeping pills,” said Thiessen, 53. “My husband came into the bedroom forcefully saying, ‘Get up! Get up!’ ” he said. “But I was already awake, trying to figure out what was happening.- Mark Thiessen, Associated Press reporter”.

People who were asleep felt such strong tremors that they panicly woke up to the quake and moments after it was over started  tweeting about the strength of the earthquake saying “was the biggest I ever felt as long as I have lived here, “Everyone in Anchorage is awake and on Twitter right? Biggest longest #earthquake of my entire life. Family is all hanging in our bed now.”

 The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) On their website, described the tremor as an earthquake of “intermediate-depth.”

They cleared such type of quakes usually don’t cause a lot of damage directly above their location, the USGS says they “may be felt at a great distance from their epicenters.”

That region of Alaska experienced the second largest global tremor ever recorded on March 27, 1964, the M 9.3 Great Alaska earthquake.

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the National Weather Service reported – “A tsunami is not expected as a result of the earthquake, hence people should not panic”.

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