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On anniversary of 1964 quake, small earthquake rocks Southcentral Alaska

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published March 27, 2016

A magnitude-.3.8 earthquake struck east of Anchorage on Sunday -- which just happened to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the devastating magnitude-9.2 earthquake that reshaped the Southcentral Alaska landscape.

According to information from the Alaska Earthquake Center, Sunday's brief temblor was centered just 7 miles southeast of Eagle River and 19 miles east of Anchorage, and at a depth of 16.7 miles. It occurred at 8:18 p.m. The AEC initially assessed the magnitude at 4.0, but later revised the estimate downward.

It could be felt in Alaska's largest city.

Sunday's earthquake just happened to fall on March 27, the same day as the magnitude-9.2 Good Friday earthquake that struck 52 years earlier. That quake was the second-strongest ever recorded.

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