A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Atka, Andreanof Islands, Alaska at 01:35 UTC on March 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.1 miles).
The epicenter was located 76 km (47 miles) S of Atka, Alaska and 1 549 km (963 miles) SSE of Anadyr', Russia.
There are about 188 people living within 100 km (62 miles) radius.
USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist.
This was ~40th M2.5+ earthquake registered in this area since February 18. The strongest was M6.3 on March 12.
Since March 12 (7 days), USGS registered a total of 63 earthquakes (all magnitudes) south of Atka. 41 of them had magnitudes 2.5 and above. Since February 18 (30 days), there were 45 M2.5+ earthquakes in the same region (by 04:41 UTC on March 19).
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