Sunday, April 26, 2009

Anchorage, Alaska Experiences Short But Sharp 3.7 Earthquake On April 26th, 2009; No Damage, No Local Media Coverage

Since I'm getting some hits on my previous earthquake post, I got the impression some others believe we had an earthquake in Anchorage on April 26th, 2009.

And yes, we did have an earthquake. I was awake when it struck officially at 5:50 A.M. Alaska time. It consisted of an initial sharp jolt, a second lesser jolt, then a brief rocking. No more than five seconds duration. No damage here near the Northway Mall.

Officially, it was centered in the Chugach Mountains 24 miles east of Anchorage, with a magnitude of 3.73, but was quite shallow, occurring at a depth of only one mile. That's why it felt stronger than 3.7.

So far, no local media coverage of the quake. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center didn't even post any information until well after the event. Other local bloggers reporting it include Diva's Blue Oasis and Mudflats (earthquakes don't respect political boundaries).

Here's an added bonus. I just found a link to an interesting series of first person stories from the '64 Alaska Quake that you've probably never seen. Enjoy.

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