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2018 Anchorage earthquake
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Magnitude 7.1 Mww
Depth 46.7 km (29.0 mi)
Epicenter 61°20′46″N 149°57′18″W / 61.346°N 149.955°W / 61.346; -149.955Coordinates: 61°20′46″N 149°57′18″W / 61.346°N 149.955°W / 61.346; -149.955
Type Dip-slip (normal)
Areas affected Alaska
Max. intensity VIII (Severe)

On November 30, 2018, at 8:29 AKST (17:29 UTC), a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska. The earthquake's epicenter was near Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, about 10 miles (16 km) north of the city.

It was followed by a 5.7 aftershock epicentered 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north-northwest of the city. There were a total of 40 aftershocks. The earthquake could be felt as far as Fairbanks.

Severe damage to several buildings and a highway overpass near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport have been reported. There are no casualties reported so far.

A tsunami warning was issued for nearby coastal areas, including Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula, but they were lifted shortly after.

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