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Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Rattles Southern Alaska

by Keeli Parkey
(Photo by Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

What many citizens in Alaska no doubt expected to be a quiet weekend morning in February got off to a shaky start.

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake occurred early Saturday (Feb. 27), according to a report by the Anchorage Daily News. The earthquake hit at 9:59 a.m. local time. The location of the earthquake was only eight or nine miles northwest of Anchorage.

Reports of shaking were made throughout the area, according to the newspaper. Also, the quake took place at depth of 26 miles. The newspaper cited the Alaska Earthquake Center for details on the event. The center shared information via Twitter with the public. The center also requested that the public visit its website to make a report if they felt the earthquake.

The Anchorage-based newspaper is also reporting that the Feb. 27 earthquake is the result of an aftershock from another earthquake that took place on Nov. 30, 2018. This event registered at a magnitude of 7.1. And, according to the report, this earthquake resulted in damage in the Matanuska-Susitna area and in Anchorage. Again, the Alaska Earthquake Center provided this information used by the publication.

The center also shared an additional update with the public via Twitter. The tweet below includes details of the Feb. 27 quake and the November 2018 event.

Officials Say Earthquake in Alaska Not Expected to Lead to Tsunami

The Alaska-based newspaper also reported in the hours following the earthquake that the event would not lead to a tsunami. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center reportedly issued this information.

In addition, luckily, no damage to public bridges had been reported from the Feb. 27 earthquake. However, the newspaper said the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities planned to perform “visual inspections of our bridge structures within the quake zone.”

More information on the earthquake was expected to come later, the Anchorage newspaper also said.

Public Reacts to Feb. 27 Earthquake

Experiencing an earthquake, no matter how small, can be a scary experience. And, several of the citizens of Alaska who felt the shaking on Feb. 27 shared what it was like via Twitter. The following tweets were responses to tweets by the Alaska Earthquake Center.

“Hard to believe that one was an aftershock from 2+ years ago. Scary as h*** upstairs in north Eagle River and felt much worse than a lousy 5.3,” one resident shared.

“Felt much bigger in Downtown Anchorage too. I’ve been through a lot of them here, but that felt like one of the worst,” another posted.

One resident also shared this: “Shook the heck out of things in Chugiak. None of the other aftershocks were even close except for the 1st day.”

Another resident found it hard to believe that Saturday’s earthquake was only an aftershock. “Okay…whatever you say but…but…sure felt stronger than our typical aftershocks! #JustSaying,” this tweet read.