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Quake gives SE a jolt late Friday night

7.6 magnitude quake 205 miles south of Juneau triggers tsunami warning, evacuations

Posted: January 5, 2013 - 1:29am

A quake with a magnitude of 7.6 gave Juneau a jolt just before midnight Friday night. 

According to the National Weather Service, the point of origin for the quake was 205 miles south of Juneau. NWS has issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas between and including the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Suckling, located 75 miles southeast of Cordova.

It is suggested that in a warning area, people move inland to higher ground. In an advisory area, moving off the beach and out of harbors and marinas is suggested. 

A valley resident emailed the Empire to say the quake "shook my Juneau home violently enough to awaken the entire family. No apparent damage."

Aftershocks in Craig rumbled until 3 a.m.

Aftershocks from a magnitude 7.5 earth quake shook residents of Craig into the early hours of Saturday morning. The quake occurred around midnight, its epicenter approximately 60 miles west of the Prince of Wales Island community.

“It woke everybody up,” 20-year Craig resident Bob Claus said in a telephone interview Saturday morning, “It was a long one. Things were falling off shelves. It was definitely the biggest I’ve ever felt.”

Claus said he didn’t see a tsunami come into Craig. He said he lives on a hill so he didn’t have to evacuate, though dozens of people left homes nearer the water.

“There was more traffic than anybody’s seen in Craig at night,” Claus said, “And it was all heading out of town an up into the hills.”

Claus said he was awoken by several aftershocks — the last shake at around 3 a.m.

“The Pacific plate is active,” Claus said, taking into account Friday’s temblor and a magnitude 6.4 quake near the Queen Charlotte Islands on Oct. 28 “makes it a little more interesting place to live.”


NOAA offers an interactive earthquake map

Empire reporter Russell Stigall contributed to this report.

Update at 1:42 a.m.: The magnitude has been updated to 7.5 and a small tsunami has been observed at Port Alexander, NOAA reports. Update at 2:02 a.m.: The Tsunami warning is no longer in effect, NOAA reports.

Update at 10:44 a.m.: Quotes from Craig, Alaska resident added.

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