Earthquake shakes central Alaska on April 8

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      An inland earthquake rumbled in central Alaska, north of Anchorage, this morning.

      The quake struck at 9:10 a.m. Anchorage time (10:10 a.m. Vancouver time) at a depth of 59 kilometres (37 miles).

      Although the U.S. Geological Survey initially reported it as 5.9-magnitude, it has since readjusted it to 5.7-magnitude.

      The Alaska Earthquake Centre measured it as 5.5-magnitude and reported that it was widely felt throughout Central Alaska.

      The epicentre was positioned 31 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Cantwell, Alaska; 189 kilometres (117 miles) southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska; and 757 kilometres (470 miles) northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon.

      A study conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, published in Science Daily on March 18, found that melting glaciers are influencing the timing and location of earthquakes in Alaska. The study explains that the weight of glaciers cause the land below them to sink. Thus, when they melt, the earth rebounds.  

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