A major earthquake struck early Sunday morning off the Alaskan coast, the United States Geological Survey said.
The 7.1-magnitude temblor hit at 1:30 a.m. AKST Sunday (5:30 a.m. EST Sunday), the USGS said. Its epicenter was located 52 miles east of Old Iliamna, Alaska. It had an initial magnitude of 6.4.
This was about a minute after the #earthquake stopped. It was a loud quake! #anchorage pic.twitter.com/2STHVahVF0— Shelli R (@WVShelli) January 24, 2016
The earthquake was felt in Anchorage and caused power outages in the region, according to utility and media reports. At least 10,000 customers were without electricity in the Anchorage area, utilities reported.
Anchorage firefighters have responded to numerous reports of gas odors, alarm systems sounding and broken water lines, the department said on its Twitter feed.
AFD Dispatch is very busy with reports of gas odors, alarm systems sounding, broken water lines, etc. https://t.co/dDDT6hWHe7— Anchorage Fire Dept (@afdinfo) January 24, 2016
Long and pretty strong earthquake and power out in West Anchorage— David Hulen (@davidhulen) January 24, 2016
After the earthquake, crews began responding to some isolated, localized outages as they have been reported.— MunicipalLight&Power (@MLandP) January 24, 2016
The earthquake caused several outages in Willow and several other feeder outages, especially impacting the Palmer area, the Matanuska Electric Association said on its Facebook page. Crews have been called to assess the situation and restore power.
7.1 earthquake. What a shaker. Knocked things off the walls and nearly tipped the fish tank over.— James Farmer (@sirhimel) January 24, 2016
No word yet on the magnitude of that earthquake but West Anchorage has car alarms blaring still...— KNBA (@KNBA) January 24, 2016
No tsunami was expected along the U.S. West Coast or in the Pacific Basin, the National Tsunami Warning Center said on its website. There have been at least 15 aftershocks since the major quake, the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, reported.
via nws_ntwc: Tsunami Info Stmt 2: M7.1 050Mi E Iliamna, Alaska 0130AKST Jan 24: Tsunami NOT expected; CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK #NTWC— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) January 24, 2016
Canadian officials also said no tsunami was expected on the British Columbia coast.
No tsunami threat for #BC following @NWS_NTWC assessment of M7.1 Alaska earthquake.— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) January 24, 2016
Seismographs in Norway picked up the movement from the Alaskan quake, according to a Norwegian seismologist.
Signal from the Alaska earthquake in Southern Norway https://t.co/lFGg0COtO0 pic.twitter.com/5lZBpxgxWR— Steven J. Gibbons (@stevenjgibbons) January 24, 2016
The largest recorded earthquake in the Anchorage area was a 9.2-magnitude temblor, which generated a massive tsunami in March 1964. More than 130 people died in the earthquake and tsunami.