A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has shaken the settlement of Perryville on the Alaska Peninsula. The quake, which might have leveled a built-up space, struck a area rife with seismic exercise.
The earthquake was reported by the US Geological Survey (USGS) early on Saturday morning. The USGS rated the quake at 6.9 on the magnitude scale, a ranking labeled as “sturdy” and a fraction of some extent under “main.”
Notable quake, preliminary information: M 6.9 – 117 km SE of Perryville, Alaska https://t.co/nTs3m4YSeA
— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) August 14, 2021
The earthquake struck simply off the coast of the Alaska Peninsula, a skinny path of land and islands that sweeps out from the Alaskan mainland and into the Pacific Ocean towards Russia. The peninsula is sparsely populated, and the closest city to the quake’s epicenter is Perryville, a settlement of round 100 folks, positioned roughly 85 miles (136km) to the northwest.
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The peninsula is a seismic hotspot, and sits over the assembly level of the North Pacific and North American tectonic plates. It’s residence to a number of lively volcanoes, and infrequently sees main earthquakes. Late final month a magnitude 8.2 quake hit the identical location that was hit by Saturday’s tremor, and was adopted by three aftershocks of 5.9, 6.1, and 6.9 magnitude. The quake was the biggest to hit the US since 1965, and the biggest in world historical past since 2018. Nonetheless, no casualties had been reported.
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