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November 7, 2012

10 years later, still lots to learn from Alaska's Denali earthquake

  • The 7.9 strike-slip quake offers lessons about soils, bridge and pipeline design, and what will happen one day along the San Andreas Fault.
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

    FAIRBANKS — The Denali Fault earthquake only rumbled for about 3 minutes when it shook Interior Alaska a decade ago, but some of the reverberations of that powerful seismic event are still being felt today.

    The 7.9 magnitude quake, which rattled the area Nov. 3, 2002, has been the subject of research and fascination since. Scientific studies of the quake, whose epicenter was about 90 miles south of Fairbanks, spawned new national standards for building bridges and are providing a deeper understanding of how earthquakes affect frozen ground.

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