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Swarm of earthquakes hits western Aleutians

 Small swarm of earthquakes near Amchitka Island in the western Aleutians.
Small swarm of earthquakes near Amchitka Island in the western Aleutians. (KTUU)
Published: Jan. 26, 2020 at 3:17 PM AKST
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A series of earthquakes has hit an area about 60 miles southeast of Amchitka Island in the western Aleutians. An estimated 50 earthquakes has hit that localized area since just before 7 p.m. Saturday. Of those approximately 50 earthquakes, about 35 of them have been recorded at 3.0 or higher with eight of them recorded at 5.0 or higher. The strongest one recorded with this recent swarm is 5.8. These are preliminary magnitudes and will be reviewed by a seismologist.

Michael West, Director of the Alaska Earthquake Center, says this kind of swarm, "is not with precedent but it gets our attention." The current swarm appears to be in an almost vertical line, but West says once the seismologist reviews them, they will likely be spread out. According to West, these earthquakes are "not being felt in any significant way. Nothing hugely alarming but it gets our attention." He says they are going to take a look at the swarm.

At this point, there has been no indication of tsunami danger.

This story will be updated with any further information as it becomes available.

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