Earthquake hits Alaska near Anchorage on April 16

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      An earthquake struck Alaska this morning in proximity to the state’s most populous city.

      The quake struck at 6:14 a.m. local time (7:14 a.m. B.C. time) today (April 16).

      Although it was initially measured as a 4.0-magnitude quake, the U.S. Geological Survey, it was later reassessed as a 3.8-magnitude seismic event.

      The Alaska Earthquake Centre, which also listed it as 3.8-magnitude, stated that it was felt in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley (or Mat-Su Valley).

      The epicentre, at a depth of 29 kilometres (18 miles), was located 21 kilometres (13 miles) north of Girdwood, Alaska; 28 kilometres (17 miles) southeast of Eagle River, Alaska; 37 kilometres (23 miles) east of Anchorage, Alaska; and 762 kilometres (473 miles) west of Whitehorse, Yukon.

      Earlier this week, a 3.7-magnitude quake struck offshore from the Alaskan Peninsula on April 14 at a depth of 36 kilometres (22 miles) and an epicentre positioned 78 kilometres (49 miles) southeast of Perryville, Alaska, and 812 kilometres (505 miles) southwest of Anchorage. 

      U.S. Geological Survey