Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S.

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S.

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S. at 11:35 UTC on January 11, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 22.3 km (13.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles).

The epicenter was located 71 km (44 miles) ESE of Nikolski (population 18) and 1 436 km (892 miles) SW of Anchorage, Alaska.

There are just a few people living within 100 km (62 miles).

5 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.

Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, this earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami, NWS NTWC said.

The 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 vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction.

Numerous aftershocks were registered, including M6.6 at 12:39 UTC at a depth of 11.2 km (6.9 miles).

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Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Regional seismicity

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