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Quake reminder: 10 years ago today, Alaska was shaking

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 4:16 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

The largest inland earthquake in 150 years struck Alaska 10 years ago today at 1:12 p.m. The Denali Fault earthquake registered a magnitude 7.9, caused major damage in the area of Northway and Mentasta. According to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, it was felt in Washington state and caused waves in pools and lakes in Texas and Louisiana.

It caused landslides. It sheared road surfaces. It moved but did little damage to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

And it has been an object of study ever since.

The Denali Fault earthquake was an extraordinary reminder for Interior Alaska residents that we live in a volatile land. Quakes strike Alaska every day, but most are of the small variety, registering less than magnitude 3. A look at the continually updated online map of the earthquake information center ( will tell you the story.

Nature, it seems, occasionally has a way of showing us who’s really in charge.

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