Alaska rattled its way into another record during 2014. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center recorded 40,686 earthquakes in Alaska in 2014. The previous high of 32,000 was attained in 2003; 2013 saw 28,000 shakers within Alaska.
Some notable quakes among the 40K:
• The Noatak-area “swarm,” a series that saw five earthquakes greater than magnitude 5 strike the northwest Brooks Range from April to June.
• A magnitude 7.9 quake in the Rat Islands on June 23, the largest in Alaska since 2002.
• A magnitude 6 earthquake under Seward Glacier in the Saint Elias mountains on July 17.
• Another magnitude 6 quake, this time in Palma Bay in Southeast, on July 25.
• The 5.2 magnitude earthquake near Minto on Aug. 30 that gave Fairbanks a jolt.
• A 6.3 magnitude quake near Skwentna on Sept. 25 that caused several buildings in downtown Anchorage, 80 miles away, to be evacuated as a precaution.
All information and statistics come courtesy of the AEIC.
Their site: www.aeic.alaska.edu