Anniversary of 2002 Denali Fault earthquake

November 5, 2012


Richardson Highway after 2002 Denali Fault earthquakeThe 2002 Denali Fault earthquake rang in at a magnitude 7.9 and was located about 41 miles east/southeast of Denali National Park & Preserve. It was the largest earthquake on the Denali fault since at least 1912. A decade later, the whopper quake continues to awe scientists that study Alaska’s seismicity. The massive temblor ranks as the eighth largest earthquake to have occurred in the United States.


More information on the 2002 Denali Fault earthquake is available on the U.S. Geological Survey site here. Additionally, there’s more information available in the November 4, 2012 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article here.  


Photo of damage and offset of the Richardson Highway as a result of the quake by Akihiko Ito.