Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Near Point Mackenzie, Alaska – USGS

Sunday, January 13, 2019
By Paul Martin

The last quake hit Alaska in November 2018, damaging the US Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson in Anchorage.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that a magnitude 5.1 quake has struck Alaska, near Point MacKenzie. The epicentre was located 14 kilometres north-west of Anchorage and at a depth of 33.4 kilometres, according to the USGS.

The US Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which is located nearby, experienced a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake on 30 November 2018. Several buildings were damaged, but there were no reports of casualties. F-22 fighter jets stationed at the base were also unscathed.

Anchorage itself was also affected by the quake, which had an epicentre only 14 kilometres away from the city. Several buildings, roads and powerlines were damaged due to the earthquake, but no deaths have been reported.

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