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Pacific Plate Is Being “Pulled Apart” After Alaska Earthquake, Says Seismologist

University of Southampton Seismologist Stephen Hicks described the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck earlier near Anchorage, Alaska as having a “slightly strange faulting mechanism.”

Hicks further stated the quake’s data showed a “strong bending/curvature of plate inferred by [a] sharp bend in contours.” More importantly, he said the Pacific plate is being “pulled apart laterally,” which is most likely related to today’s massive tremor:

Shortly after the earthquake’s shaking subsided, multiple damage reports streamed in from across the icy state, including cracked roads, toppled store shelves and even building fires:

Anchorage Alaska Earthquake 1
Credit: David Ruffini
Anchorage Alaska Earthquake Birds Eye View
Credit: Marc Lester
Anchorage Alaska Earthquake 4
Credit: Anchorage Daily News
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