Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Occurs in Southeastern Alaska

ALASKA—(ENEWSPF)—January 5, 2013.  The Alaska Earthquake Information Center located a major earthquake that occurred on Friday, January 4th at 11:58 PM AKST in southeastern Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and was located at a depth of about 6 miles (10 km). The magnitude and location may change slightly as additional data are received and processed. This event was felt widely in southeast Alaska and British Columbia. No reports of this event causing damage have been received at this time.

Distance to nearby locations:

113 km ( 71 miles) WSW of Craig

114 km ( 71 miles) S of Port Alexander

119 km ( 74 miles) WSW of Klawock

130 km ( 81 miles) W of Hydaburg

148 km ( 93 miles) SSW of Point Baker;

156 km ( 98 miles) WSW of Thorne Bay

157 km ( 98 miles) NW of Dixon Entrance

161 km ( 100 miles) WSW of Kasaan

Preliminary earthquake parameters:

Origin Time (UT): 01/05/2013 08:58:12

Latitude: 55 N 14’

Longitude: 134 W 53’

Depth: 10 km

Magnitude: Mw (NEIC) 7.5

The location and magnitude for this earthquake may be updated as data from additional seismic stations are received. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center will continue to gather data and may issue additional releases as appropriate. With any moderate or large earthquake, aftershocks should be expected to occur.