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Small quake hits SE of Yakutat

Posted: January 5, 2012 - 1:08am

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake was reported 64 miles southeast of Yakutat and 144 miles northwest of Juneau early Wednesday morning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

This one hit at 7:25 a.m., and was only 11 miles deep, making it too shallow to feel from the capital city, though not impossible as some reportedly did.

“If somebody felt that, they are very sensitive,” said Rick Fritsch, a meteorologist at the Juneau Forecast Office.

About 115 earthquakes have been reported in Alaska in just the past four days, according to a list provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Only two of those, both in the Aleutian Islands, registered above 4.5.

No damage was reported in either Juneau or Yakutat from Wednesday’s tremble, said Juneau’s emergency programs manager Tom Mattice and Yakutat’s borough manager Skip Ryman.

According to U.S. Geological Survey’s website, more earthquakes occur in the active seismic region close near Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, commonly referred to as the Ring of Fire, than the other 49 states combined.

“There’s always something popping up somewhere,” Fritsch said. “Most of the time you don’t even feel it.”

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