7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Buckles Roads, Causes Blackouts in Anchorage

Alaska is the earthquake capital of the United States. There are more earthquakes in our 49th state than in any other. In fact, the state averages about 40,000 quakes per year.

Over the past 118 years, Alaska has averaged one magnitude 7 to 8 earthquake annually. Plus six magnitude 6 to 7 quakes.

The state also gets about 45 quakes of 5 to 6 magnitude each year. And 320 of 4 to 5 magnitude quakes per year.

Eleven percent of the world’s recorded earthquakes have occurred in Alaska. And that includes the second largest earthquake ever recorded – a 9.2 magnitude quake in 1964. The record is Chile’s 9.5 magnitude quake in 1960.

Quake Hits at Population Center

Now, Alaska is a very large state in area. And few people live there compared to many other states. So, most of their earthquakes do not hurt people or damage property.

But nearly one-half of Alaska’s population lives in the municipality of Anchorage. That’s the last place in the state anyone wants to see an earthquake occur.

So, guess where the recent back-to-back earthquakes of 7.0 and 5.7 magnitude occurred?

That’s right. Just eight miles away from downtown Anchorage and its metropolitan population of about 300,000.

Roads to Stores Impassable

The quakes rocked buildings, buckled roads and destroyed bridges. Many people were unable to drive to get food and other supplies.

That’s how badly the roads were torn up. And the approximately 1,000 aftershocks didn’t help matters.

One of the roads that was severely damaged was the scenic Glenn Highway. This “interstate” road links Anchorage to suburban communities to the north.

President Donald Trump issued a Federal Emergency Declaration. That followed a request from Alaska Governor Bill Walker. The declaration assisted local, state and non-government response and recovery efforts.

Public Health Emergency Declared

One resident in nearby Palmer described the earthquake to CNN as “absolutely terrifying.” She added that, “It shook like I have never felt anything shake before.”

The quake moved pianos on the floors of homes. It made dishes and glasses to fall from tables and hutches. It even made tiles fall from ceilings.

Across the city of Anchorage, major infrastructure damage occurred. It’s said that $1 billion in economic losses will be realized by the time all of the losses are recorded.

A public health emergency was also declared in Alaska. That was done to ensure that Medicaid funds would continue to be issued despite the closure of offices.

Power Cut; Schools Closed

The epicenter of the original quake was approximately eight miles north of downtown Anchorage.

The rupture in the fault under Anchorage occurred about 30 miles below the Earth’s surface. It created more than two dozen mainline water breaks, as well as flooding.

As expected, thousands lost power from the quake. And that meant no lights and no heat at a time when it had already become quite cold.

Officials at three schools announced that the damage was so extensive they would have to stay closed for the remainder of the school year.

Building Stability the Key

A week later, people were starting to relax again. But then a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck just 15 miles north of Anchorage on Sunday.

It’s a miracle there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries from the 7.0 quake. State officials say the emphasis they have placed on building stability was the reason.

Buildings have been designed to resist ground motion since that 1964 quake that caused approximately 140 deaths.

International Building Code standards now require that beams, columns and other structural connections be reinforced. That’s to resist damage from shaking.

Preparation is Key

This is a classic case of people understanding a potential danger and preparing for it.

And that’s exactly what you need to do.

Reports have proven that the number and even severity of disasters is in fact increasing. And it’s becoming more and more evident that the government is not able to come to our rescue.

Alaska resident Laura K. shares the peace of mind she felt when she received her 4Patriots survival food package in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska on the day after this earthquake hit:

“Fortunately, there were very little injuries and no reported deaths due to the earthquake damage. Our house was internally shaken and we have damages throughout the house. Our city and state resources this time of year are usually ok but roadways and bridges are unsafe and that can disrupt food and other deliveries.

It brought a smile and sense of peace to my face when the box was delivered today. We are early in this state of emergency but with having this as a storage and backup plan just makes the day after and to come with a positive feeling and a sense of preparedness. Thank you.”

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