Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hits Alaska

On February 4, 1965, Shemya Island, an island in Aleutians West, Alaska, experienced a magnitude 8.7 earthquake that triggered a tsunami of over 10 meters, but it left very little damage. After this event, there weren’t any notable earthquakes until yesterday, July 28.

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit around 60 miles offshore of Perryville late Wednesday, triggering tsunami warnings for most of the Gulf of Alaska coastline, but showed no waves larger than one foot.

The Alaska Earthquake Center reported fourteen aftershocks of magnitude four or more in the first two hours after the earthquake. The largest was a magnitude of 5.9 after the 8.2.

There were no reports of injuries or damages, but officials have said that it can change after people get a better look during the daytime. There are no known concerns for the areas where the earthquake and the tsunami hit. However, it might still be dangerous near the bays and harbors.

Because there haven’t been any notable earthquakes since 1965, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 was unexpected. Many residents in Alaska were shocked to experience this earthquake.