Large Alaska Quakes Are At It Again

A map of Alaska

Atka, Alaska is on the Alaskan Aleutian Island Chain located on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

If you want some excitement in your life, go to the hamlet of Atka, Alaska. So far this month, Atka has had several powerful earthquakes, and the small community has a volcano just outside its city limits.

Who needs cable television?

Last week, Alaska and Canada both had a round of powerful earthquakes, and the volcanoes along the Aleutian Islands in Alaska are building up pressure.

Atka Earthquakes

Today, Saturday September 14, 2013, Atka is at it again – there have been 5 earthquakes (so far) over 5.0 magnitude that occurred within an hour.

Merely 10 days before, on Wednesday September 4, 2013, a 6.5 magnitude quake struck in the same location southwest of Atka.

The following quakes occurred on Saturday southwest of Atka, all within an hour:

  1. 5.0
  2. 5.4
  3. 5.8
  4. 5.3
  5. 5.2

Atka Volcanoes

Atka volcano is the largest volcanic center in the central Aleutians, and is surrounded by 8 satellitic volcanoes.

Korovin volcano is the highest point on Atka Island along the Aleutian Islands chain. Korovin is a side vent to the main Atka shield volcano, and is the highest point on the island.

Korovin last erupted in 2006, but with earthquake activity increasiing around Atka today, I’d expect some volcanic activity to follow.

Alaska Volcanoes

A picture of the White Island volcano

Volcanic eruptions are increasing along the Alaskan Peninsula.

Two of Alaska’s most active volcanoes—Pavlof and Cleveland—are currently erupting.

Located close to the western end of the Alaska Peninsula, Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, having erupted more than 40 times since the late 1700’s. Pavlof has been erupting since May 13, 2013.

Keep a watchful eye on our 49th State. Alaska is rockin’ and rollin’ and heatin’ up these days.

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About Janet

Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN has expressed a deep love and respect for the Earth since she was a very young child. She earned academic degrees in International Geography and Environmental Science. After 20 years of research, Dr. Hull uncovered evidence supporting her theory that the Earth’s geographic poles shift at the axis, causing dramatic climate change. Today, she is one of the world’s leading environmental experts promoting public environmental awareness. Connect with Dr. Hull on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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