Alaska News

4.4 earthquake west of Haines felt in parts of Southeast Alaska

JUNEAU — An earthquake located near Klukwan and Haines lightly shook parts of Southeast Alaska on Thursday, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The earthquake had a reviewed magnitude of 4.4 and was located about 20 miles southwest of Klukwan, 29 miles west of Haines and 89 miles northwest of Juneau, the center said. The quake occurred around 12:40 p.m. at a depth of 4.3 miles.

Seismologist Natalia Ruppert, with the earthquake center, said by email that the earthquake was followed by several aftershocks. She said it was reasonable to expect more aftershocks in the coming hours and possibly the next few days.

Haines Borough Mayor Douglas Olerud said he had not heard of any damage in his community.

“It was just a light shaking here to wake us up here after lunchtime,” he said.

The National Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami was expected.

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