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Video of a Concerned Father Predates the 2023 Alaska Earthquake

Ouissal Harize Ouissal Harize
19th July 2023
Video of a Concerned Father Predates the 2023 Alaska Earthquake
The video predates the 2023 Alaska earthquake (Twitter)

The Claim

A home security footage shows a father rushing his kids out of the house during the July 2023 earthquake in Alaska.

Emerging story

Social media users recently shared a video that allegedly shows a father rushing his kids out of the house during the July 2023 earthquake in Alaska

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the video to be older than claimed. 

The Video Predates the 2023 Alaska Earthquake

Misbar’s team found that the video shows a father rushing his kids out of the house during the 2018 Alaska earthquake.

The video was uploaded to YouTube back in November 2018, as can be seen below.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original video on YouTube.

4.6-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Alaska

Alaska, known for its stunning landscapes and vast wilderness, experienced a 4.6-magnitude earthquake on July 3, 2023. This seismic event rattled an area northeast of Anchorage, catching the attention of more than 1,000 individuals who reported feeling the tremors. Although designated as a light to moderate earthquake, it served as a reminder of Alaska's position as one of the most seismically active regions in the United States.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake occurred at approximately 6:47 a.m. local time. The epicenter was situated about 2 miles from Eagle River, a community near Anchorage, the most populous city in Alaska. Residents in Wasilla, Valdez, and even those stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage felt the tremors. Fortunately, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, providing a sigh of relief for those in the affected area.

Response and Impact to the Alaska Earthquake 

Following the earthquake, more than 1,000 people promptly notified authorities that they had felt the shaking. It is reassuring to note that the Anchorage Fire Department did not receive any emergency calls, indicating the absence of significant consequences. This incident showcased the preparedness of the local community, as some individuals mentioned that earthquake drills are conducted in schools, ensuring that children are aware of what to do in such situations. Additionally, some residents went about their daily activities without being unduly disturbed, illustrating their resilience in the face of seismic events.

Alaska's Seismic Activity

The earthquake serves as a poignant reminder that Alaska experiences frequent seismic activity. In November 2018, Anchorage was hit by a magnitude-7 earthquake that caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. The aftermath of this event was accompanied by numerous aftershocks, underscoring the continued risk faced by residents in the region. It is worth noting that Alaska holds the distinction of having experienced the most powerful seismic event in the United States and the second most powerful globally. The magnitude-9.2 earthquake that occurred in 1964 claimed over 100 lives and resulted in devastating tsunamis, wiping out several small coastal towns.

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