Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Earthquake Shakes Port of Anchorage

Published: January 26, 2016

The Maritime Executive
By: MarEx

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska early on Sunday, and its effects were felt for hundreds of miles from the epicenter. The quake struck at 1:30 AM, at the foot of a mountain chain just west of Cook Inlet, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. The Fairbanks-based Alaska Earthquake Center reported a series of aftershocks reaching magnitudes of up to 4.7.

At the Port of Anchorage, officials say that the shaking didn't cause any significant damage, but it raised concerns about the ability of aging docks to withstand a more serious quake.

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