'Stuff fell down': Alaska measures strongest US earthquake in 56 years
Tsunami warnings are issued and coastal residents are evacuated after a magnitude-8.2 Chignik Earthquake strikes, the most powerful on US soil since 1965.
Print text onlyPrintCancelThe most powerful US earthquake in half a century has left Alaska mostly unscathed, thanks to the remote location and depth of its epicentre.Key points:It was the strongest US earthquake since the western Aleutian Islands were hit in 1965
Several Alaskan coastal communities were evacuated after tsunami warnings were issuedThe warnings were later lifted with no reports of major damage or injuriesThe magnitude-8.2 Chignik Earthquake struck at 10:15pm local time on Wednesday, just off the Aleutian Islands, according to local officials.
It was the strongest felt in the United States since an 8.7 quake ripped through the western Aleutian Islands in 1965.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property.Several Alaskan coastal communities were evacuated following the quake. headtopics.com
Among them was Seward on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, where sirens blared and residents were told to move to higher ground.LoadingBut residents of Alaska's affected communities said they were still assessing impacts after their late-night evacuations to higher ground.
"Stuff fell down and all," said Alec Phillips of the Native Village of Perryville, the tribal government in the community closest to the earthquake."I'm pretty sure there's some damage around, but we haven't checked."The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake was at a depth of 32 kilometres.
It struck 105 kilometres south-east of Perryville, about 800 kilometres from Anchorage, Alaska's biggest city.Tsunami warnings were lifted after residents in some Alaska coastal communities were evacuated. Read more: ABC News »
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