You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Largest earthquake in US since 1965 rattles Alaska

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART EDITORIAL USE ONLY; NO ARCHIVE; NO RE-SALE; PART MUST ON-SCREEN CREDIT JARED GRIFFIN VALIDATED UGC - EDITORIAL USE ONLY; NO ARCHIVE; NO RE-SALE; MUST ON-SCREEN CREDIT JARED GRIFFIN ++USER GENERATED CONTENT: This video has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Video and audio content checked by regional experts against known locations and events++Video is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Jared Griffin++Mandatory on-screen credit Jared GriffinKodiak, Alaska - 28 July 20211. Mid view showing buiding in Kodiak as tsunami warning sirens are sounding in the area ANNOTATION: A tsunami warning siren signaled a major earthquake Wednesday night off the Alaskan coast. ASSOCIATED PRESSAnchorage, Alaska – 29 July 20212. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Fisher, Director, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:"Last night, Alaska experienced the largest earthquake in the United States in the last 50 years. There was a magnitude 8.2 earthquake, incredibly, incredibly large. It was about 60 miles southeast of the Alaska Peninsula and community called Perryville, out in the ocean, very similar place to where we had a pretty large earthquake one year and one week ago exactly."++WHITE FLASH++ 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bryan Fisher, director, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:"And the good news is, as of so far, we have not heard of any reports of significant damage anywhere in Alaska. You could imagine if that earthquake happened in Anchorage or in Los Angeles, the damage that would have occurred and the loss of life and injury and property damage and all of that."++WHITE FLASH++ 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Haeussler, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey: "I mean, there is often this saying that earthquakes don't kill people, buildings do. And because this earthquake was so far from the shore, it was basically out in the middle of nowhere and also in places where nobody is really living, then the ability to have strong ground shaking, to damage buildings, to injure people goes to pretty close to zero."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:The largest earthquake in the United States in the last half century produced a lot of shaking but spared Alaska any major damage in a sparsely populated region, officials said Thursday.The magnitude 8.2 earthquake was reported about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and struck just south of the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 500 miles (804.67 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage. The quake was about 29 miles (46 kilometers) below the surface of the North Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The Alaska Earthquake Center said on its website that it was the largest quake in the U.S. since a magnitude 8.7 quake in the Aleutians in 1965. A year before that, the magnitude 9.2 Good Friday earthquake devastated parts of Anchorage and other Alaska communities. That quake and ensuing tsunami killed 131 people from Alaska to California. The late Wednesday quake produced a lot of shaking but officials said no major damage was reported after sunrise Thursday.A tsunami warning for Alaska was canceled early Thursday when the biggest wave, of just over a half foot, was recorded in Old Harbor. A tsunami warning that also had been issued for Hawaii was canceled, and officials said there was no threat to Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.The tsunami warning for Alaska covered nearly a 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) stretch from Prince William Sound to Samalga Island, Alaska, near the end of the Aleutian Islands.In the Kenai Peninsula community of Homer, a steady stream of cars was seen evacuating the Homer Spit, a jut of land extending nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers) into Kachemak Bay that is a draw for tourists and fishermen. In King Cove, up to 400 people took shelter in the school gym.There have been numerous reports of minor damage, such as glasses or plates being broken in the temblor.Several other earthquakes, some with with preliminary magnitudes of 6.2 and 5.6, occurred in the same area within hours of the first one, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon