Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S.


A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Fox Islands, Alaska, U.S. at 05:17 UTC on January 22, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 42.8 km (26.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles).

The epicenter was located about 63 km (39 miles) SSW of Unalaska (population 4 491) and 1 330 km (826 miles) SW of Anchorage, Alaska.

There are about 5 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

5 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.

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.

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Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

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