5.4 Earthquake Shakes Anchorage, Mat-Su

From: Anchorage Daily News, 6/22/09

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska on Monday morning. While there were no reports of serious damage or injuries, nerves were rattled, dishes fell and drinks spilled.

The quake hit at 11:28 a.m. and was centered 24 miles northwest of Willow. Lasting several seconds, the temblor could be felt as far away as Homer and Fairbanks, a stretch of 400 miles.

The earthquake was “pretty deep,” said Cindi Preller, geologist with the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. It originated 32 miles below the Earth’s surface.

“I almost had a customer run out the door,” said waitress Jolene Pate, who was waiting tables at a diner about 30 miles north of the epicenter. “The hanging lamp shades were swinging.”

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