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Alaska 7.0 Earthquake

I was sitting in my chair during the early morning hours when I sensed th onset of an earthquake. I knew, instinctively, that this was not a normal ground shaker, but I was not aware of how different this one was going to be from the multitude of others I have ridden my way though as an Alaskan.

Earthquakes are nothing to stress over when you live in Alaska, odds are you have faced down several 3.0’s by the end of your first year here and I have lived in Alaska for many long years now. This, however, was different. This was a 7.0 earthquake that struck just north of Anchorage.

For full details on the quake visit the USGS website for the 2018 Anchorage Earthquake, as for a firsthand account. I was sitting in my chair at my desk after a late night of working through to the wee hours of the morning when I felt something undefinable but that I recognized as the approach of an earthquake. It is an innate sort of sense of things that I suppose develops when one lives in regions that are prone to earthquakes.

I called out to my roomate, who was asleep on the other side of the quanset hut we share to wake up, but by then the quake was in full force and as I collapsed out of my chair, thinking only to get to the propane powered space heater and shut off the gas, all I could say was “Dude! Wake up, this one’s a serious one.”

By the time the ground stopped moving I had made it the 10 feet tot he propane heater and got the gas shut off, looking back where I had come from I could see the TV that sat on my desk had fallen over, everything that was on the shelves all around me was on the floor, including a really big old microwave oven from the 80’s or 90’s that weighs a ton and had been on a shelf over top of the foot of my bead. It now lay where my dog and feet would have been had I been asleep when the quake started.

The most notable issues in the wake of the quake seem to be that I lost the apple trees and grapefruit trees I had on a shelf. I have no idea where they went, they have just… vanished.  My silver dragon figurine fell and broke one leg and the head off… still no sign of the head of the figurine. There are multiple cold drafts hitting out of who knows where at my desk that were not there the other day, my roomate’s TV has a huge scrape down the front of the screen where  a shelf fell and scraped across it, and the door to my counter-top popcorn maker was shattered when the machine fell off the counter and hit the microwave that had fallen just before it… or maybe the microwave landed on the door. I’m not sure. There is a lot of broken things, a lot of lost things (including my roomate’s cat), and a lot of confusion as we try to clean up things that ended up 20 feet from where they had been before the quake.

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