Author: Yereth Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred on Sunday near the native village of Alaska in Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Reserve, where the Trump administration plans to permit the drilling of oil wells, but no damage or damage was reported.
Tembur, which occurred shortly before 7 am (1500 GMT), was the most powerful in history when it landed in the mining North Crypt of Alaska, said Paul Huang, a seismologist and deputy director of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.
A tsunami warning was not received, although the movement of the earth was felt as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska, at a distance of about 400 miles (644 km) to the south.
The earthquake did not affect the operation of the pipeline system Trans Alaska Pipeline, which transported the northwestern well 800 miles (1,300 km) to the Valdes seaport, the statement said by the consortium Alyeska, which runs through the pipeline.
Aleska said she will conduct further inspections of the pipeline and related facilities. The inspection teams also found nothing wrong with the Prudhoe Bay oil field about 85 miles (137 km) to the east, said Megan Baldino, spokeswoman for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc, which works on the field.
According to the earthquake, originally measured at 6.5, followed by a series of aftershocks, the largest of which was 6.0 tremors, according to the US Geological Survey.
The main earthquake was concentrated 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Kaktovik, the coastal Inupiat village, with about 260 inhabitants on the northern edge of the Arctic National Reserve (ANWR).
State emergency officials said they do not have reports of damage, but local residents in Kaktovik said that the tremor did not go unnoticed.
"I felt a little trembling and felt dizzy, and I felt the shelves shaking," said Archie Brower, assistant store manager for Kaktovik Kikiktak.
The epicenter is also located not far from the area in which the US Department of the Interior plans to lease for oil exploration along the ANWR coastline, which was banned by the development of fossil fuels until a provision is made in the tax account of President Donald Trump in 2017 .
The huge and ecologically clean coastal plain, wedged between the Beaufort Sea and the Brooks Mountains, is valued for its importance to caribou, polar bears and other wild animals, but it is believed that they contain billions of barrels of oil.
"From a scientific point of view, however, this region is poorly understood, and the behavior of the errors or failures responsible for today's earthquake is unknown," said in the Bulletin of the Alaska Earthquake Center in Fairbanks.
Strong earthquakes are not uncommon in seismically active Alaska, but they tend to occur in remote, sparsely populated areas where there is virtually no damage.
(Report by Eret Rosen in Anchorage, writing by Steve Gorman, editing by Cynthia Osterman)