Seismic monitoring sensors sent to western Alaska

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Scientists comprising a "rapid response" team have been sent to two communities in western Alaska to get earthquake monitoring equipment in the ground.

Reports say this is in response to two recent earthquakes on the western side of the Brooks Range, an area that doesn't usually experience seismic activity.

A series of small earthquakes and aftershocks were recorded Saturday several dozen miles northeast of the 500-strong community of Noatak. The strongest was magnitude 5.5. This came on top of a 5.6 earthquake in the same area last month.

The monitoring equipment is being installed in Noatak and Kotzebue. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the equipment will help seismologists study aftershocks and possibly determine why these earthquakes are happening where they are.