Massive 7.9 quake in Gulf of Alaska rattles state

Massive 7.9 quake in Gulf of Alaska rattles state
U.S. Geological Survey display tracks major quake in Gulf of Alaska, 23 Jan 2018. (Image: screen grab of NBC 2 Anchorage video)

[Ed. – Multiple aftershocks have hit the southern coast, but no major damage reported so far.  The tsunami warning for the West coast had been cancelled.]

Even after the early morning earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska, the surrounding area felt a series of aftershocks.

John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, told the Associated Press that there have been more than two dozen aftershocks as of about 6:30 a.m. The biggest aftershock reportedlyhad a magnitude of 5.3.

UPDATE, 4:25 a.m. – The U.S. Tsunami Warning System has rescinded all threat warnings surrounding the Kodiak-area quake that occurred overnight Tuesday. …

ORIGINAL STORY, 12:52 a.m. – A powerful earthquake, with an initial estimated magnitude of 8.2 [later revised to 7.9], struck southeast of Alaska shores shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the USGS, the quake was centered 278 kilometers, or approximately 175 miles, southeast of Kodiak.

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