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Alaskan Earthquake Among Largest in Recent History

24 Jun 2014, 5:41 am

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the western Aleutian Islands on Monday afternoon, creating quite the jolt for the sparsely populated island chain. The earthquake triggered a small tsunami, measuring approximately half a foot in locations near the epicenter. Fortunately, no damage was reported, and tsunami warnings and advisories have all been dropped with no immediately apparent harm done.

 

When you think of earthquakes in the United States, one probably thinks of California’s lengthy history with them. But Alaska is traditionally home to the biggest earthquakes, including the appropriately-named Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1965 that measured a 9.2 on the Richter scale, killing 131 and causing over three billion dollars (in today’s dollars) worth of damage.

 

My mom lived through the world’s largest recorded earthquake in Chile back in 1960 (she was three years old)- so I have a long fascination with them.

 

Fortunately today, it appears we were able to set potentially dangerous history without any noticeable consequences.

 

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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