A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit just before 11 pm on Sunday, May 30 in the Talkeetna Mountains was felt around the region and as far away as Homer.
The quake was centered north of Chickaloon and was at a depth of 58.2 kilometers. Some described it as about 30 seconds of shaking and a couple of good jolts. Some people in Seward felt it, although others did not, while buildings in downtown and midtown Anchorage shook noticeably.
On April 8, Alaskans from the Kenai Peninsula to Fairbanks felt the magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit 16 miles southeast of Cantwell. Before that, Alaska had a 7.0 earthquake quake on Nov 30, 2018, which caused significant damage. Alaska experiences hundreds of earthquakes a year, but those above 5.0 are the ones that get Alaskans’ attention. There were several other earthquakes across the state today, mostly not noticed by anything but instrumentation. In fact, several small earthquakes registered near Sutton after the 6.1 earthquake, including:
- M1.9 at 11:40 PM, 54 mi N of Sutton
- M1.5 at 11:36 PM, 56 mi N of Sutton
- M2.9 at 11:31 PM, 56 mi N of Sutton
- M1.8 at 11:29 PM, 22 mi S of Skwentna
- M1.7 at 11:27 PM, 59 mi NE of Sutton
As usual after an earthquake, the website hosting the the Alaska Earthquake Center website went down, due to the number of queries it received from curious Alaskans.