5.3 magnitude earthquake hits northwest of downtown Anchorage, no significant damage reported

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit around 8 miles northwest of downtown Anchorage near Point...
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit around 8 miles northwest of downtown Anchorage near Point MacKenzie just before 10 a.m. on Feb. 27, 2021(KTUU)
Published: Feb. 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM AKST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2021 at 12:18 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A preliminary magnitude 5.3 earthquake was felt across Southcentral Saturday morning.

After review, the earthquake was registered to be 26.1 miles deep, around 8 miles northwest of downtown Anchorage near Point MacKenzie. It hit just before 10 a.m.

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake is an aftershock of the Nov. 30, 2018 magnitude 7.1 earthquake. There is no tsunami danger at this time.

No reports of damage across the municipality

Alaska’s News Source has reached out to multiple city and borough officials to see if there were any reports of damage from the quake.

Audrey Gray, emergency programs manager with the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management, said Anchorage police dispatchers have not received any reports of damages, power outages, requests for assistance or injuries.

“We do want to take this opportunity to remind residents of Anchorage the importance of an emergency plan and being prepared for disasters,” Gray wrote in an email. “This includes having an out of town contact, designating a place where everyone meets at and practicing your emergency plan.”

Jeremy Zidek, with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said there have been unofficial reports on social media of things falling off shelves, but confirmed there were no reports of significant damage across the municipality.

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Posted by Alaska's News Source on Saturday, February 27, 2021

So far, no damage has been reported in the Mat-Su and no emergency calls have come in, according to Matanuska-Susitna Borough Department of Emergency Services Director Ken Barkley.

“We are currently conducting a damage assessment on all borough emergency facilities,” Barkley wrote in an email. “None reported so far. Matcom has no damage all communication systems functioning normally.”

Department of Transportation spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said operators are doing visual inspections of structures, looking for any kind of disturbances. She said they aren’t expecting to find anything significant because Alaska’s structures are built to withstand stronger quakes.

“Our structures are bridges, pedestrian overpasses, we build them to very high seismic standards, so a 5.3 earthquake is not going to — it’s not going to be a problem for them,” she said. “They are really built to withstand, and to move with the quake, that their still standing afterward. So I think we are not going to find anything, but our folks are out there doing that visual inspection.”

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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