Alaska News

5.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Southeast Alaska

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook Southeast Alaska near the Glacier Bay National Park just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The earthquake hit at 12: 52 p.m. and was centered along the coast about 52 miles northwest of Elfin Cove and 118 miles west of Juneau. The earthquake had a 1.4 mile depth and was initially believed to be 5.5 magnitude.

The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami is not expected to follow.

No major damage was reported in the first 40 minutes following the earthquake, but Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Lea Gardine noted that reports may be made later in the day. The earthquake “seemed to be pretty widely felt across the area,” she said.

The earthquake will likely be followed by aftershocks during the next week, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news and public safety. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at