Updated from last week’s quake: Anchorage, Alaska Struck By Strong 5.8 Earthquake

The Guardian Express has updated this story and has provided an eye witnesses report at the following URL on our website. You can of course, by choice, continue on reading this version, which covers last week’s quake, or you can read about Monday’s 5.8 event at: http://guardianlv.com/2012/12/anchorage-alaska-quakes

You can also click the image on this page to access our most updated version of Monday evening’s Anchorage, Alaska’s quake:

Moments ago, Anchorage, Alaska was struck with a 5.8 magnitude earthquake according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Now that’s a strong quake and it was pretty much felt throughout the city and its outer limits. It was the second strongest quake of the day and it was Alaska’s fifth quake in the last 24 hours and their nine quake in two days. It actually would have been the forth today but will this article was being written, Alaska was hit with another earthquake.

The Guardian Express reported yesterday about a series of quakes hitting the state of Alaska. The quakes seemed to follow one another and so it appears we’re on the same course as we were on Thursday night into Friday.

The 5.8 quake was quite strong and it was followed by a 3.0 on the Alaskan Peninsula. Just in case you’re interested another 3.0 quake has been detected. It struck north, north-east of Culebra, Puerto Rico. So two edition quakes have smacked to earth while this report was being written.

Jeff Antill wrote to us saying, “I felt and heard the 5.8 quake here in anchorage. Our roof is heavy timbers and it makes alot of noise in even the smallest quakes. This one shook everything quite well.”

Now their were three quakes in Alaska before it was it with one of the largest quakes of the day. Last night a mild 2.7 magnitude quake hit south, south-east of King Salmon, Alaska. It was followed by another mild 2.8 shortly after, 79km South of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska.

Then 37km north-west of Valdez, Alaska was hit with a mild 2.8 magnitude quake. Then three and-a-half- hours later Anchorage put a scar in its residents with a fairly strong tumbler.

Again, the report is barely finished when the U.S. Geological Survey has detected another quake, though mild, hitting Hilo, Hawaii.

No news of damage or life lost has yet been reported for any of these earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological survey has detected 24 earthquakes today, 217 earthquakes in the past 7 days, 830 earthquakes in the past month, and 17,479 earthquakes in the past year.

Since Alaska is the focus of this report you might be interested in the following information.

With respect to Alaska’s official seismic website, scientists have recognized that the state of Alaska has more earthquakes than any other region of the United States and is, in fact, one of the most seismically active areas on the planet. In fact, the second largest earthquake ever recorded shook the heart of southern Alaska on March 27th, 1964, with a 9.2 magnitude quake. This earthquake was slightly larger than the magnitude 9.0 Sumatra-Andaman Islands earthquake that devastated northern Sumatra in December 2004 and generated a tsunami that killed more than 280,000 people. The largest on-land earthquake in North America in almost 150 years occurred on the Denali fault in central Alaska on November 3rd, 2002, with a magnitude of 7.9. So perhaps it’s not so unusual for earthquakes to occur in clusters in Alaska, however, it has been noted that they have become incredibly more frequent on the region.

On a different note, Romania’s top seismologist Gheorghe Marmureanu, has recently remarked that when 39 or more quakes hit the globe within a two day period something is seriously wrong. Well, so far their have been 34 today and it’s quite early morning.

Marureanu’s remarks came after a series of quakes that started with two massive jolts in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed by three more only slightly smaller in Mexico within hours.

“There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu.

One final remark has to be said and it’s a point the seismologist was emphatic about. Marmureanu has pointed out that If you keep seismically shaking the Earth, like a bottle of soda, its structural integrity eventually will become compromised and it will start to fracture like an egg. It’s a remark that scientist should take seriously.

The Guardian Express is currently monitoring news from the Alaskan region and will bring you the most update information once it’s available.

 

D. Chandler contributed to this report.

9 Responses to "Updated from last week’s quake: Anchorage, Alaska Struck By Strong 5.8 Earthquake"

  1. Bill   December 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    If another quake happens after it, how does the 4th quake get incremented to being the 5th quake?

    “It actually would have been the forth today but will this article was being written, Alaska was hit with another earthquake.”

    The 4th quake was the 5.8 the 5th quake of the day was the aftershock nearby at only 3.0.

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  2. Chad   December 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    From Anchorage too! WOW! That sure was a shaker!!! I live in a mobile home, and was scared I would fall off the blocking, but lucky for me, the earthquake-proofing I installed this last summer gave me some confidence, and held things in place well.

    It was bad enough to knock over flashlights that were standing on end, and other things that had the potential to fall – such as a full can of peanuts at the edge of a counter-top. It lasted a good 30-45 seconds. All you can do at a time like that is “freeze” and say “please, do not get worse, please, stop” and try to use mind control to end it! haha!

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    • Chad   December 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I just realized that your article was discussing a quake on another day! WELL!!! We just had another big one! 15-20 minutes before my post! I didn’t feel the one your article discusses, but I sure felt the one today! Dec 3rd!

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    • guardian   December 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Here is my email address folks if you want to send something to me about the quake or you can leave me a comment here. publisher@guardianlv.com

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    • guardian   December 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you Chad. I will be using your’s and Bills comments in the update on the article I wrote reporting today’s quake. Here is today’s article but when I update it, your comments will be included. http://guardianlv.com/2012/12/earthquake-magnitude-5-8-violently-shook-anchorage-alaska-tuesday/

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  3. jeff antill   December 1, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I felt and heard the 5.8 quake here in anchorage. Our roof is heavy timbers and it makes alot of noise in even the smallest quakes. This one shook everything quite well

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    • guardian   December 1, 2012 at 3:41 am

      Thanks for writing in Jeff, we included your comment when we updated the report. Stay safe.

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