More Than 200 Aftershocks Hit Alaska Since Friday’s Quake
As if the chaos that followed Friday’s magnitude 7 earthquake didn’t create enough mayhemfor the residents of Anchorage, Alaska, USGS reported on Saturday that in the wake of what many Alaskans described as the worst earthquake of their lifetime parts of the state have already been rocked by more than 200 aftershocks.
And the quakes are expected to continue for “some time,” according to Seismologist Randy Baldwin. As of noon ET on Saturday, the official tracker on the Alaska Earthquake Center’s website stood at 224.
Residents were still shaken from Friday’s back-to-back magnitude 7 and magnitude 5.7 quakes, which destroyed roads and sent goods flying off of store shelves as people ran into the street for cover.
Shortly after returning, the second quake hit, and Alaskans went through the whole ritual again. Fortunately, there have been no reports of deaths or serious injuries (since the state is located above an area where two tectonic plates converge, Alaskans are accustomed to earthquakes – they experience more than the other 49 states combined).