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Alaska earthquake

DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,577Member, Moderator, Administrator
I hope our friends in Alaska are okay.
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  • FredFred Posts: 7,814Member
    @rick in Alaska , are you guys alright?
  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Posts: 1,461Member
    edited December 2018
    Hello, I had a look and Homer (where Rick is) is 579 miles from Fairbanks. (Mmmm, must have coffee before typing :p ) Still, 7 is a BIG quake! Wonder if Rock felt it? Alaska does scary quakes >:)
    Yours, Larry
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,577Member, Moderator, Administrator
    @rick in Alaska you always find a bright side. Love that about you.
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  • rick in Alaskarick in Alaska Posts: 819Member
    There's always a bright side, somewhere. Sometimes, it just takes a lot of looking, and some creative thinking. B)
  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Posts: 4,093Member

    There's always a bright side, somewhere. Sometimes, it just takes a lot of looking, and some creative thinking. B)

    Considering everything we know you are going through, you truly are an inspiration. We are all glad you are safe.
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  • FredFred Posts: 7,814Member
    Hi @rick in Alaska , I saw Tanya's update today. Tell her we are all thinking about her and hope she makes it home for Christmas!
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 999Member, Moderator, Administrator
    So glad you're all ok @rick in Alaska. Our best to Tanya as well.
  • GordyGordy Posts: 9,264Member
    edited December 2018
    Never been in a quake, couldn’t imagine that burst of energy. been in a pretty good tremor though. In northern Illinois when I was maybe 7. Middle of the night, woke the whole family windows rattling, and all. My dad ran down in the basement thought the water heater blew up.

    Glad all is well Rick, and you are a hell of a guy!
  • rick in Alaskarick in Alaska Posts: 819Member
    I only felt one aftershock the next morning, and it was just one big bump. I haven't heard of anyone here in Homer who had any damage to there place, but it looks like Anchorage makes up for it. I don't know how many people saw the pictures, but what I can say is if I owned a liquor store, I would have my bottles contained for events like this. There are a lot of broken bottles up there!
    I like to use the flow chart method for troubleshooting and for my life, because I see life in a realist point of view. In other words, I look at a scenario and decide if there is anything I can do about it, and if there is, I do it. If I determine there isn't anything that can be done for it, then I move on. I don't see much point in wasting my time, or stressing myself, over things I have no control over. As they say; "it is what it is".
    My wife however, does stress on things, but I am working on that too. :*
    I really appreciate all your support and kind words.
  • SlamDunkSlamDunk Posts: 517Member
    I felt a 6.0 while working in Mexico. I was in bed and it felt like this:

  • HaroldHarold Posts: 198Member
    Odd sort of quake sensing. I was standing in a work space on the second floor of a building in Salt Lake City. And I started to feel a bit dizzy. It was like getting seasick on a boat. I was looking out the window and some very high voltage transmission lines were literally dancing and making some serious sparks. Then we lost power.

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  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 761Member
    Because I'm a nerd, I had to look up hte energy released i na earthquake. A 7.0 quake releases approx. 199 kilotons of energy. In perspective, the A bombs dropped in WWII were 15 & 21 respectively. The duration of course of the release was shorter. Modern nukes are normally around 1200 kilotons with some.

    An 8.0 is 6200 kilotons. a 9.0 levels everything is is equal to 99,000 Kilotons! Largest nuke ever detonated was 50 megatons (50,000 kilotons) with the cloud going up 130,000ft in altitude. A 9.0 earthwuake is almost 2x more powerful.

    In another comparison, Mt St Helens eruption released 24 megatons of energy.

    We are pathetic, even with nuclear weapons compared to the power of nature.
  • Sal SantamauraSal Santamaura Posts: 276Member
    Those of us who live along the Pacific Ring of Fire necessarily suppress most thoughts about earthquakes. If we didn't, we'd soon either go crazy or move somewhere else. :)

    Last week's Alaska earthquake was a mere jiggle compared to the one that hit Anchorage March 27, 1964. On November 30, 2018, magnitude was 7.0 and shaking lasted around one minute. In 1964, magnitude was 9.2 (158 times as strong!) and it went on for 4.5 minutes. Even for someone like me who experienced a 6.1 while 1.5 miles from its epicenter, last century's great Alaska event is difficult to imagine.
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