June 23, 2009

The Big Alaska Earthquake! 6/22/09

Alaska Earthquake on 6/22/09

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A strong earthquake jolted urban areas of Alaska on Monday, sending people diving under desks and huddling in doorways.

The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck near the town of Willow Alaska at 11:28 a.m. The epicenter was 58 miles from the state's largest city, Anchorage, where the rumbled continued for several moments.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center reported the magnitude at a slightly weaker 5.3 and said no tsunami will be generated. The USGS had reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, but the shaking of the earthquake was felt over a wide swatch of southcentral Alaska.

VIDEO: Alaska Earthquake on 6/22/09

Posted at June 23, 2009 2:27 AM

I'm living in Fairbanks and got an urgent e-mail from my sister & Mom in California asking if we were ok from Mondays earthquake (6/22/09). Come on people! Who ever wrote that it was a big earthquake should not have done that. It was a jolt and nothing more than that. I have 3 sons & grandchildren living in the Anchorage area and if it was as bad as it was reported, I'd have known! Please, don't freak out the lower 48 people when we have a small earthquake like that. My Mom is in her 80's and does NOT need that kind of stress - especially when it was not reported properly.

Just stick to the facts people. I was born/raised in Anchorage - went through the 1964 earthquake - I would know if Monday's earthquake was bad or not. What about all the other earthquakes we have been feeling the last few weeks?

Sincerely yours,
Ms Annette

Posted by: Ms Annette at June 24, 2009 6:07 PM

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