(Screenshot of Alaska Earthquake Center website)
A magnitude 4.9 aftershock struck near Anchorage at 5:21 a.m on Thursday. The Alaska Earthquake Center placed the epicenter eight miles northwest of the state’s largest city.
According to the Earthquake Center, it’s one of over 6,100 aftershocks since the magnitude 7.0 quake on Nov. 30. There have been about 40 above magnitude 4.0.
In a tweet, the center said that the aftershock was a result of the Nov. 30 “mainshock,” and quakes in the area would be classified as aftershocks until the area returns to its “background level of seismicity.” The center said this could take years, but aftershocks that people can feel should taper off in months.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.