Magnitude 3.7 earthquake felt in interior

(Courtesy: UAF Alaska Earthquake Center)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) According to the Alaska Earthquake center there was a magnitude 3.7 earthquake around 24 miles outside of Fairbanks shortly before noon on Tuesday. According to Barrett Salisbury, Earthquake Geologist for the Department of Natural Resources, the quake was mild and does not indicate any sort of increasing earthquake activity for the interior.

He said that Fairbanks is in an active earthquake area and quakes like this are not uncommon. It’s just that this quake happened to be able to be felt.

He also gave some tips for what to do during an earthquake.

"In an earthquake people should drop cover and hold,” said Salisbury. “The idea is to get under something that is stronger than your own back, because ceiling tiles, light fixtures and projectors are going to be shaking loose and that is the kind of thing you want to avoid. Once the shaking stops then you exit the building to seek safety."

Salisbury also encouraged people to go onto the Alaska Earthquake center website (https://earthquake.alaska.edu) and use the ‘did you feel it’ tool to report where they were when they did or didn’t feel the quake. He said that it will help the center better understand how earthquakes will affect the area when they do occur.

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