Earthquake Hits Alaska

earthquakeA magnitude 4.9 earthquake with a depth of 65km has hit Alaska. It hit Friday, May 29, at 12:36 a.m. UTC. It was 59km west of Amatignak Island, Alaska.

Some of the areas the earthquake was near included, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Vilyichinsk, and Yelizovo, all of the aforementioned areas are in Russia. In addition, the quake hit not far from Whitehorse Canada.

No damage or injuries have been reported at this time. However, there have been other earthquakes in Alaska today.

There have been seven earthquakes off the Alaskan Peninsula in the past seven hours. The highest magnitude reported was 6.7 and a depth of 55km.

According to a number of earthquake guides here are a few tips on how one should respond:

If an earthquake happens near you, stay inside. Make sure you have created a plan ahead of time. AnĀ evacuation plan might be helpful in case of fire. Have an emergency kit that includes bottled water, and enough supplies for at least three days. Have practice drills with the family so they know what to do. Take an inventory of everything in the house. Collect important information such as telephone numbers, birth certificates, medical information, social security cards, ownership certificates, wills and insurance policies.

If there is shaking, do not go outside or to another room. Drop to your knees and crawl to an interior wall, cover your neck and head. If possible crawl under sturdy shelter and hold on to it. Do not stand in a doorway. The highest rate of injury comes from falling objects or flying objects.

If you are outside when an earthquake hits, stay there. Get low to the ground. Stay away from windows, utility wires and exterior walls.

If you are in a vehicle, stay there. Set the parking brake and thenĀ turn on the radio for emergency broadcasts.

At the moment there is no further information available about the 4.9 quake in Alaska. However, Guardian Liberty Voice will update this news report upon the receipt of further information.

By Jeanette Smith

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John Atherton’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License
Cody Wellons’ Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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