Magnitude 0.9 - 73 miles SW of Kaktovik

May 16, 2023 16:47:35 AKDT (May 17, 2023 00:47:35 UTC)
69.1596°N 144.8782°W    Depth 2.9 miles (4 km)

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist

Tectonic Setting of the Brooks Range

Seismicity in the Brooks Range is characterized by intraplate earthquakes associated with mountain building and crustal reorganization. A broad earthquake band extends from northeast of the Brooks Range toward the Beaufort Sea. Earthquake source mechanisms comprise a mixture of strike-slip and normal faulting events, indicative of north-northwest compression and northeast extension. Together with the North Slope, this seismic zone produces a few magnitude 4-5 earthquakes per year.