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Round 2: Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes near Talkeetna

Southcentral Alaska got a quick shake Friday evening from a second big earthquake in as many days.

The quake initially rated a magnitude of 4.7 -- later increased to 4.9 -- and hit about 24 miles south-southeast of Talkeetna at 7:53 p.m. at a depth of about 26 miles, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

Mike West, state seismologist with the earthquake center, said the rumble was likely "nudged" by Thursday's magnitude 6.24 quake, but it isn't considered an aftershock.

"It is absolutely certain this earthquake did not occur on the same fault that ruptured yesterday and it wasn't immediately next to the fault so we're not calling it an aftershock," West said. "It's another earthquake in the neighborhood."

The Thursday quake rocked the region at 9:51 a.m. The earthquake center put its epicenter at 60 miles southwest of Talkeetna at a depth of 64 miles, more than twice as deep as Friday's earthquake.

The National Weather Service said Friday that a tsunami was not expected. The earthquake said about one hour after the quake that it had received no reports of damage or injuries.

Becky Peterson, a bartender at the historic Fairview Inn in Talkeetna, said she didn't even feel the quake Friday.

As for Thursday's, she said, "I've been here 20 years and it rocked my house harder than any of them ever have."

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.

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