According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude rumbled near the town of Nikolski, Alaska today at about 9:13 a.m. UTC.
The earthquake occurred about 133 miles WNW of the town. It was also 142 miles NE of Atka, 217 miles W of Unalaska and 964 miles WSW of Anchorage.
In addition, it was 852 miles SSE of Anadyr’, Russia and 1,442 miles W of Whitehorse, Canada.
The USGS states that Earth’s most seismically-active feature, the circum-Pacific belt, is near Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. It is in this area where more earthquakes occur than in any other state. Over 80 percent of all the world’s earthquakes happen in this area. Up to 4,000 earthquakes occur in the area of Alaska each year.
By Nancy Schimelpfening