Aug 30, 2013

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska’s Aleutian Islands today, sending residents scrambling for cover.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries caused by the quake, but it could be too soon to tell. According to the AP:

“I heard it coming,” said Kathleen Nevzoroff, who was sitting at her computer in the tiny Aleutians village of Adak when the major temblor struck at 8:25 a.m. local time, getting stronger and stronger. “I ran to my doors and opened them and my chimes were all ringing.”

The quake was strongly felt in Atka and Adak, where about 400 people live in total. It was followed by multiple aftershocks, including one measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake didn’t trigger a tsunami warning, but the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska is monitoring for any tsunamis caused by landslides, on land or underwater.

 

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