Alaska earthquake: Friday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake at 8:25 a.m. in Alaska sent the residents of the tiny Aleutian village of Adak scrambling for cover. “A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble Friday that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover," reported the Associated Press on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
The 7.0 magnitude Alaska earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 21.4 miles about 57 miles east-southeast of Adak which is a small village of 320 people on one of the Aleutian Islands. Besides Adak, Alaska’s earthquake was also strongly felt in Atka which is an Aleut community of 64 people. Atka is about 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage.
One of the residents of Adak on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands heard the earthquake, which lasted up to one minute, coming.
"I heard it coming," said Adak resident Kathleen Nevzoroff who was sitting at her computer at 8:25 in the morning. As the earthquake got stronger and stronger, “I ran to my doors and opened them and my chimes were all ringing."
"I thought it was my dog running up the stairs," said Adak city clerk Debra Sharrah who was upstairs in her two-story townhome getting ready for work when she heard the earthquake. “It kept making noise and then it got louder. So then all of a sudden the rumbling started." As her townhome was shaking and swaying, she and her dog Pico dashed out the door.
“It seemed like the building moved for a long time, but the only thing disturbed in her home was a stepstool that fell over.”
According to USGS, the 7.0 Alaska earthquake did not trigger a tsunami warning. However, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, is watching whether landslides on land or under water might cause a potential tsunami.
Unlike California’s earthquakes, which often originate along the San Andreas fault line, Alaska’s earthquake originated in the subduction zone where plates of the Earth's crust grind and dive.