An “earthquake swarm” is hitting the Brooks Range. Seismologists do not know why it is occurring or if it will continue.
A strong aftershock Thursday May 29 is the third powerful temblor in what is now a series of strong quakes and aftershocks in the last two months.
Aftershocks are continuing to rattle the western edge of the Brooks Range near communities like Noatak, and now seismologists are conducting a “rapid response” to capture these tremors. It’s all in response to two earthquakes that came two weeks apart at magnitudes not recorded in the region in over 30 years.
In Thursday’s news: Several villages and dozens of boats protest subsistence fishing closures along the Kuskokwim; Small plane crash north of the Brooks Range injures 3;…