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  • M1.2   at 09:27 AM, 21 mi W of Nikiski
  • M1.4   at 09:24 AM, 18 mi N of Skwentna
  • M1.3   at 08:59 AM, 30 mi E of Sutton
  • M0.5   at 08:36 AM, 3 mi W of Thompson Pass

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“As far as earthquakes go, for everyone in Alaska, there is someone looking out for you 24/7,” said Ken Macpherson, who manages the Alaska Earthquake Center’s data analyst team. Most of the center’s staff take turns being the “on-duty” seismologist, which means being on call around the clock for a week. 

A dedicated smartphone sounds an alarm when an earthquake over a threshold magnitude occurs, and the clock starts ticking. The center’s protocol requires the on-duty person to review and report on the earthquake within 20 minutes, which includes travel time if that person is away from a computer or wifi. When asked to pick one word to describe being on duty, center staff responded: important, exciting, nonstop, stressful, triage, and responsibility.