ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Anchorage):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-26 05:19
Magnitude: 3.9
Depth: 30.0 km
Maximum intensity: 3.4 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Girdwood US 3.4 2000 10.7 weakly felt
Eagle River US 2.8 25000 43.6 barely felt
Anchorage US 2.7 299000 50.9 barely felt
Elmendorf Air Force Base US 2.6 7000 41.0 barely felt
Butte US 2.5 3000 58.2 barely felt
Knik-Fairview US 2.4 15000 62.3 barely felt
Gateway US 2.4 6000 62.4 barely felt
Lakes US 2.4 8000 66.9 barely felt
Palmer US 2.4 7000 64.7 barely felt
Farm Loop US 2.3 1000 69.1 barely felt

Current earthquake activity near Anchorage:

In the past 30 days, 32 earthquakes of magnitude 2.8 or higher were detected in Southern Alaska (see map section). Therefore, the earthquake activity of the past month has been significantly lower relative to long-term trends (more than 20% deviation).


Since 1960, 218 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 3.9 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 3.65 earthquakes larger than M3.9 per year around Anchorage. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually very high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 3.3 months (99 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Anchorage and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
1964-3-28 9.2 25
2018-11-30 7.1 47
1983-7-12 6.6 37
1964-4-3 6.4 35
2015-7-29 6.4 119
1964-4-20 6.4 32
1983-9-7 6.4 45
1963-6-24 6.4 45
1988-2-7 6.4 134
1964-3-28 6.4 12

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks, and glass can harm you. After the shaking stops: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before a professional safety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbors if necessary. If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down, and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on the streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of a high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides, and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care of elderly people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbors, friends, and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.