Less than a week after reporting a 6.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Oregon, Alaska was hit by a 5.0 mag earthquake. The quake occurred at 8:32 PM local time on September 1st. The Alaska Earthquake Center identified the origin of the earthquake as being in the Glacial Bay National Park.
The effects of the quake were reported from Alaska’s capital Juneau and the capital of the Canadian Yukon Territory Whitehorse.
No injuries or reports of damage were reported. The Alaska Earthquake Center did report however that this was the second earthquake in two days to originate from approximately the same location. The first was weaker at 3.8 magnitude.
Alaska is geologically active, and earthquakes are not unusual. The frequency of moderate earthquakes is concerning through as speculation continues to grow of the “big one” that is due to hit the west coast.