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Posted on 12/03/2012 7:31:55 PM PST by Alaska Wolf
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Anchorage at 4:42 this afternoon. The earthquake was centered 27 miles directly west of Anchorage in Cook Inlet, right next to Tyonek.
Several smaller aftershocks followed the initial earthquake.
Map at link.
wow nobody even responded yet.
Won’t match 1964.
4:42pm, I had just came in the door home from work, was of all places on the pot in the bathroom when it hit, it was a long one, I saw the walls shaking, not strong but more like the house was now a houseboat, a long rocking sensation instead of a lurch, jump or shift.
The epicenter was maybe 20 miles from me, they say its 25 miles west of Anchorage but I am 35 miles north of Anchorage, my son was in Wasilla but didn’t even feel it. Technically it was 49 miles west of Wasilla.
Oh it was different.
Did you feel it?
My first thought was that the toilet was falling apart as I was being rocked on it, or that their was some sort of explosion coming back from the septic tank. I have never seen my walls move so much before, tells me that I will see too much if anything heavier comes along, but then maybe its good the walls were moving instead of falling down.
I’m glad I set up an emergency bug-out travel trailer all equipped with propane and even kerosene heating.
I slept thru a 6.0 during an overnight stint in Narita.
No big deal.
Gentle rolling here in Wasilla. The tea in my cup was moving, my chair was rocking. Sort of felt like being in the boat on Valdez Arm.
Yes. Lots of rattling from the kitchen cabinets and clanging from the hanging pots and pans.
A major earthquake while having subzero temperatures would be devastating for many who are unprepared.
Was the temperature below zero /
I doubt whether you'll find any living here now who would want another quake like 1964.
You know I drive a concrete mixer during the season around the MatSu and I am familiar with what the ground is like all over, lady friend asked me summer about home along Fairview Loop, I told her just south and I meant like very close nearby that section of the valley subsided substantially during the 64 quake.
I told her of places that are slightly higher in elevation and are basically build on rock, a very rocky area I believe is much lees prone to ground liquefaction. But a lot of places are also on ancient silt plains, The Turnagin Heights area of east Anchorage had its ground turned to jello basically.
I was driving home from theatre and felt the car lurch forward. We have had very high winds for a week and thought the car was buffeted by the wind. When I heard the news and checked the clock it must have been when I felt the car move. Oh well I am always in a car when the big ones hit. I never felt the 7.2 in 2002, we were driving home from church.
Just tried to call my daughter in Anchorage. She lives in an landfill area built up after the great quatke in Anchorage. No answer. I’m sure she’s ok.
This quake was unusually loud here in Girdwood. I was out walking the dog at the time. First shock was a fairly gentile rolling followed by a couple of sharp jolts. Knocked some snow/frost off the trees.
Many folks still remember '64.
Just to give this flavor for how unexciting this was for Alaskans, the local news waited 25 minutes before saying anything about the earthquake, presenting it as the lead-in for the weather amid happy chatter from the newsreaders about things rattling and shaking, then quickly followed by a nice photo from the Aleutians showing the sun on the ocean and the forecast. My Facebook friends had a variety of responses, with many considering it to be kind of cool, a few scared, and at least one guy disgusted lass than 30 minutes afterwards with his status being overwhelmed with quake-related comments writing a plea for a return to football.
When I lived in Oregon we had an earthquake of the same size, and the media and the people couldn’t stop talking about it. Up here, it’s just another earthquake.
Sadly, I live up in the interior in a rare quake-scarce area, so we felt nothing. However, I lived in Palmer for a while in a little crappy cabin on a hill along Soapstone Road and got to experience rocking and reeling once every other month or so. I miss it.
Our real concern is lack of snow. My snowmachine is suffering.
Had a 5.8 hit a populated area of California, it would be headline national news.
The P and S waves were merged into one long rolling motion. HAd to grab the TV to keep it from falling over - haven’t anything rock our place like that in years... Live out buy Russian Jack, the soil is mostly gravel.
Glad the power stayed on, it was below zero and getting colder....
I didn’t feel anything up here. (North Pole)
Sure did....at work in west Anchorage. A little hint as I walked to my desk, lots of folks saying, “Did you feel that”? Just sat down and the monitors on my desk really started dancing. It was sort of rolling....different.
At home, east Anchorage...nothing fell down.
Of course not.
I worked the summer of ‘65 on an offshore rig at Trading Bay and the devastation a year later was still pretty extensive. The only tall building still allowed occupancy was the hotel (can’t remember the name...Captain Cook?) downtown with the Crow’s Nest bar at the top.
Worked 21 days straight for a day-and-a-half off in Anchorage. I doubt OSHA work rules would allow that today.
I have never been in an earthquake but I am sure that it must be an unsettling feeling to know that the earth below you is not as secure as one might think it should be.
I was driving on the Parks, probably around Big Lake Rd from the time they gave. Didn’t feel a thing. My son said it was good shake at the house, although my wife didn’t feel a thing (but then she never feels them.) My mother in Ninilchik said it was the best shake she has felt in quite a while.
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