Jan. 11 earthquake south of Sitka registers 5.9 magnitude


January 17, 2024

An earthquake jolted some Sitka residents awake Thursday night, Jan. 11, but no damage was reported and no tsunami occurred.

The Alaska Earthquake Center at Fairbanks said the magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 10:46 p.m. on the seafloor 50 miles south of Sitka. It was felt across Southeast, including Wrangell.

Assistant Sitka Fire Chief David Johnson said the department received a half dozen or so calls about the momentary shaking that people experienced throughout town.

Elisabeth Nadin, communications manager of the earthquake center, said the quake was typical of those on the faults th...

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