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Earthquake Shakes Southeast Alaska

By | June 4, 2014 - 5:32 pm

An earthquake shook some Southeast Alaska residents out of bed early Wednesday morning.

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The epicenter was roughly 100 miles northwest of Juneau. (Map courtesy USGS/Google Public Alerts)

The epicenter was roughly 100 miles northwest of Juneau. (Map courtesy USGS/Google Public Alerts)

The 5.8 preliminary magnitude quake with a depth of about 14 miles hit just before 4 a.m., according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

The earthquake was about 49 miles west of Haines, and 60 miles west of Skagway.

Haines police report no calls when it struck, but in Skagway, police dispatcher Willeke Burnham say she received a couple.

Skagway PD is close to the water. Burnham says it felt like she was on a boat.

“The building shook quite a bit and then it felt like I was on the water. And it lasted pretty long too, maybe about a minute, minute and a half,” she says.

Small aftershocks were still being felt in Southeast Alaska two and a half hours after the initial quake, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

 

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