Strongest-ever natural disaster strikes Alaska's North Slope region

13 Août, 2018, 09:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Locals said the tremor did not pass unnoticed.

Earlier this year, Alaska saw a major quake of 7.9 magnitudes some 280 kilometers southeast of Kodiak.

The jump from a 5.2 to Sunday's 6.4 is significant because earthquakes rapidly grow in strength as magnitude rises, he said.

No tsunami alert was generated, though ground motion was felt as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska, almost 400 miles (644 km) to the south. The station said the magnitude 7.9 quake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered the alert.

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Later Sunday, another magnitude 6.1 natural disaster hit at 1:15 p.m. near the city of Kaktovik on Alaska's North Slope, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Alyeska said it would conduct follow-up inspections of the pipeline and related facilities. The center adds that there are no reports of damage.

"I felt a little shaking and felt dizzy, and felt the shelves shaking", said Archie Brower, assistant manager at the Kaktovik Kikiktak grocery.

The vast and environmentally pristine coastal plain, wedged between the Beaufort Sea and Brooks Range mountains, is prized for its importance to caribou, polar bears and other wildlife but is believed to hold billions of barrels of oil. At 6:58 a.m. Sunday, the magnitude 6.4 natural disaster struck an area 42 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks, the state's second-biggest city.

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