Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude shakes southcentral Alaska

Large areas of south central Alaska were shaken today by an earthquake of magnitude of 4.7. The epicentre of the quake was 20 miles north of Anchorage.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center say the tremor was felt over a large area but was shallow, about 16 miles deep.

No injuries or damage have been reported thus far.

The glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica put the land under huge loads that hold the potential for earthquakes, but can also stabilise the results of tectonic plate action, the main cause of earthquakes generally. As the load is released by melting ice, these loads can be released as earthquakes, which can also caused by the release of the pressure on the plates.

alaska earthquake

Looking at the Alaska Earthquake Information Centre recent earthquake page
- Link Here
earthquakes are a constant feature in south and central Alaska at the moment

alaska recent earthquakes

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