On our Cruise Ship Weather website, we are watching earthquakes as they are documented by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in real time. An earthquake measured at 6.3 on the earthquake Richter scale, shook the cruise ship port of Skagway, Alaska on May 1, 2017. It was the third strongest earthquake so far in 2017.
The earthquake was reportedly 88km WNW of Skagway, Alaska with an exact location of 59.830°N 136.704°W and a depth of 2.5 kilometers. As of the 2010 census, the Skagway, Alaska population was 920. Estimates put the 2015 population at 1,057 people.
Reports came in from 486 people who felt the early morning rumble at 0618 hours on Monday morning.
A tsunami warning was NOT issued, as no threat was predicted, nor did a tsunami take place.
Nearby Places Feeling Earthquake
Mosquito Lake, Alaska – 48.1 km (29.9 mi) NW Population: 309
Whitehorse, Canada – 134.5 km (83.6 mi) SW Population: 23,272
Juneau, Alaska – 214.8 km (133.4 mi) NW Population: 31,275
Eagle River, Alaska – 723.3 km (449.4 mi) ESE Population: 24,793
Prince Rupert, Canada- 725.2 km (450.6 mi) NW Population: 14,708
The earthquake was the most powerful earthquake felt in the world, since January 22, 2017. Papua New Guinea felt a 7.9 earthquake that day. The earthquake struck at 04:30 UTC on 22 January 2017. Three people died and one was injured. Damage occurred in Arawa and parts of central Bougainville, while a power outage occurred in Buka.
On January 10, there was a 7.3 earthquake in the Philippines.
We only document and follow the most significant earthquakes. The USGS estimates that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage. Our feed is in real time, as siginicant quakes take place.
You can stay up to date on the latest significant earthquakes around the world on Cruise Ship Weather Earthquake Hazards
Video: Animation of where the largest earthquakes of the past 100 years have struck