Massive, Very Shallow Earthquake Hits Just 66 miles from Craig, Alaska; Tsunami Warning Issued

At just two minutes before 12 a.m. this morning, Alaska time, a massive earthquake hit only 66 miles west of Craig, Alaska.

Initially, the United States Geological Service measured the quake at 7.7 magnitude, but this was later adjusted to 7.5 magnitude.

According to the United States Geological Service, the earthquake was at a very shallow depth of 6.1 miles. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the earthquake’s depth at 3.11 miles.

Although the earthquake struck 212 miles south of Juneau, one resident – Alicé Leuchte – stated that it “scared the hell out of me.” Ms. Leuchte added that the people she knew in Craig “are OK.”

So far, there are no reports of serious damage.

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake is apparently related to the Queen Charlotte fault system that apparently spawned the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck near Metlakatla last October.

The Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska stated at 12:30 a.m. this morning that a “Tsunami warning remains in effect . . . for the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Suckling, Alaska.” Cape Suckling is just 75 miles southeast of Cordova, or almost 250 miles southeast of Anchorage.

UPDATE: The tsunami warning has been lifted.

  • PEOPLE IN Edna Bay felt a strong quake that bounced houses like a VW bus on a pot filled road. Port Protection felt it. A half foot high tidal bore hit Port Alexander and slightly smaller one hit Sitka. People in Petersburg were on high ground. Hope this is the last slip nature gives us this year.

  • CSN

    Thank God everyone is safe and there was no tsunami.

  • gracentruth

    I do appreciate this type of post. Alice, please consider moving to Anchorage – we here love you. Juneau is on the short list for earthquakes along with California. Peace,

    • Awe, thank you! When Mark retires, we might just do that. Anchorage is on a very short list of places we are considering 😉

    • TJL

      Actually, the ground is moving dangerously in the Anchorage area, too. Just because it’s been awhile since the 1964 earthquake disaster, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen again. There are still constant tremors in the area.