Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Shakes Anchorage AlaskaGymPaws
Millions of Americans like to hit the gym early in the day for their morning workout. Today was no exception, except that instead of people tossing barbells around the weight lifting room, it was the other way around. At approximately 8:30 am a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Anchorage Alaska. It originated 25 miles below the earth’s crust just a few miles north of the state’s most populated city.
Details About Alaska Earthquake Today
According to the Alaska Earthquake Center at precisely 8:29 am the main quake hit 7 miles northwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base. It was immediately followed by a 5.7 after shock at 8:35am. Over 16 aftershocks have been recorded since the main earthquake as of 12:00 pm today.
John Shmielewski an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer was finishing up his daily workout when the ground beneath him began to rumble. “I was just re-racking my dumbells in the weight lifting room when I noticed the ceiling lights starting to sway,” John told us. “Almost immediately it felt like the whole gym was in a snow globe,” he added. John was at Planet Fitness in Anchorage Alaska which is almost directly above the epicenter of the quake.
The Alaska earthquake wasn’t the worst of the horror. Adding to the chaos, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning for the region which as since expired.
Located near the Aleutian Trench, Alaska is no stranger to the ground rattling. In 1964 Alaska was the location of the largest US earthquake ever recorded. On March 27, 1964 at 5:36 pm. At a magnitude 9.2 quake it was the second largest recorded anywhere in the world at the time. It is estimated that the 1964 quake caused nearly 140 fatalities.
Fortunately today’s earthquake in Alaska hasn’t been responsible for any casualties. It is estimated that infrastructure damage costs could extend into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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