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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 12:58 PM

BIG earthquake under Anchorage just now.

It knocked over some of our Native art in the curio cabinet and left my hanging stair light swinging for a two or three minutes. One of the strongest I've felt in a while.

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Reply BIG earthquake under Anchorage just now. (Original post)
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 OP
TeamPooka Sep 2014 #1
FrodosPet Sep 2014 #2
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #7
scarletwoman Sep 2014 #40
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #43
scarletwoman Sep 2014 #44
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #45
scarletwoman Sep 2014 #46
FSogol Sep 2014 #3
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #14
RKP5637 Sep 2014 #4
NYC_SKP Sep 2014 #5
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #6
sabrina 1 Sep 2014 #8
bravenak Sep 2014 #9
randome Sep 2014 #10
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #12
antiquie Sep 2014 #11
cascadiance Sep 2014 #24
F4lconF16 Sep 2014 #37
Baclava Sep 2014 #13
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #17
Baclava Sep 2014 #19
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #21
Octafish Sep 2014 #15
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #18
Octafish Sep 2014 #23
DisgustipatedinCA Sep 2014 #16
irisblue Sep 2014 #20
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #22
countryjake Sep 2014 #25
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #29
countryjake Sep 2014 #41
merrily Sep 2014 #26
Louisiana1976 Sep 2014 #27
WillyT Sep 2014 #28
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #30
kelliekat44 Sep 2014 #31
Stellar Sep 2014 #32
Blue_In_AK Sep 2014 #33
applegrove Sep 2014 #34
malaise Sep 2014 #35
politicat Sep 2014 #36
seabeyond Sep 2014 #38
Marrah_G Sep 2014 #39
Solly Mack Sep 2014 #42

Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 12:59 PM

1. Stay safe.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 12:59 PM

2. Be safe!

Was it bad enough for structural damage?

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Response to FrodosPet (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:03 PM

7. Probably not here,

but up by Willow maybe. That's about 80 miles north of here.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:46 PM

40. Willow! *gasp*

Wonder how my old house up there made out. My son owns the property now - but he still lives in Anchorage. I'm going to have to call him.

Glad you're okay, and that it wasn't any closer to you!

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #40)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 12:02 PM

43. I didn't hear of any damage up there.

The quake was 64 miles deep so there wasn't as much surface damage as there would have been if it had been shallower. Thank goodness.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #43)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 06:32 PM

44. I'll always vividly remember my first earthquake after I had moved to AK from nice, calm MN.

It didn't scare me so much as it just plain fascinated me. It was my first year in Alaska, I was living with my two boys in a rental house on the banks of Willow Creek. This would have been sometime in the fall of 1989, I think. (or else it was in the spring of 1990)

Anyway, it was night and the boys were in bed. I was watching the nightly local news on Channel 2, when all of a sudden the camera that was shooting the news anchors sort of tilted sideways, and the newsreaders stopped speaking and sort of gaped wide-eyed and open-mouthed as they clutched their shaking news desk - and in the same moment the couch I was sitting on started vibrating, and everything in the house started rattling. The weirdest thing of all is that all the walls looked like they had turned into liquid - honest to gawd, they were, like, rippling!

It all happened in the space of probably less than a minute, but it felt much longer than that, of course. I just sat there on my vibrating couch thinking, Wow! Far out! A real earthquake! Damn!

A few minutes later - after the walls had solidified once more and my couch stopped behaving like a rogue sex aid, I had a huge attack of guilt that I hadn't once thought of my precious sleeping children - nor lept into action to save us all from dire destruction and certain death from an earthquake bringing the house down around us. Nope, I had just passively sat there, taking it all in as exotic entertainment. I am a terrible mother, I thought.

But the kids slept through it - although they were both irritated that they had missed the fun when I told them about it the next day.

For the rest of my 6 years in Alaska I only felt a few negligable temblors now and then - and half the time I wasn't sure if they were very small or very distant earthquakes, or if it was just a side effect of some of the Matanuska Thunderfuck I had just smoked.



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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #44)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 06:53 PM

45. LOL on your last sentence.

This one was a good jolt - you would have loved it. The USGS people are saying that we're very lucky it was deep because a 6.24 near the surface would have caused some damage. Interestingly, some places in Anchorage felt it more than places nearer the epicenter because we're like that foolish man who built his house on the sand that the Bible talks about. We have that liquefaction thing going on.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #45)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 07:25 PM

46. Yeah, them were the days...



I definitely get the sand/liquefaction connection - being alongside a creek, my house at that time was built on sand too. A year later I had moved to higher and firmer ground, on 4-Mile Road, off of Hatcher Pass Road - 4 miles up from the Willow side, hence the name.

Living in Alaska was definitely exciting - in my first year there I got to experience that earthquake, at least 3 volcanic eruptions that left my yard covered in ash (and one or two more in later years), snow accumulation that first winter that set a Mat-Su record for the previous 20 years, and a spring flood that brought water up to the front steps of the house.

It was the quite the introduction to living in Alaska.

Actually, it got sort of dull after that first year.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:00 PM

3. What did Bristow do now?

Just kidding, stay safe, everyone.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:09 PM

14. It wasn't Bristol,

it was Willow. Haha.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:01 PM

4. Be careful! n/t

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:02 PM

5. Stay safe! And grab and hug the nearest person!

 

Where it goes from there is up to you two!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:02 PM

6. 6.1 north of Willow.

Everyone here in Anchorage felt it.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:03 PM

8. Sorry to hear that. I'm sure you are being careful, but keep us informed if you can.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:03 PM

9. I felt it!!!

 

I almost ran outside....

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:05 PM

10. The Sarah Palin Rescue Rangers will swing by soon to be sure you're safe!

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]If you don't give yourself the same benefit of a doubt you'd give anyone else, you're cheating someone.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to randome (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:08 PM

12. It was pretty scary, actually,

and I've been through many of these. I don't mind a little swaying, but it bothers me when things get knocked over.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:06 PM

11. Thankfully it was a deep one.

 

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Response to antiquie (Reply #11)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:28 PM

24. Hopefully this isn't a precursor for the big one due in Puget Sound area of Seattle...

 

Hope everyone up in Alaska is OK and is staying safe...

But everyone's been wondering when the big one up here in the Northwest near Seattle and Portland will hit with all of the other climate change and "earth unrest" around here. Hope this doesn't push this happening too soon just yet!

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Response to cascadiance (Reply #24)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:17 PM

37. Any idea how prepared Seattle is for the big one?

I've gotten some supplies and things ready in my home, but I have no idea about the preparedness of the city. I think I remember some city planning for it, but I don't know.

Gonna be an unpleasant time when it does hit

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:09 PM

13. USGS: M6.1 earthquake reported in Alaska, 81mi NW of Anchorage.

M 6.1 Earthquake

97km WNW of Willow, Alaska

10 mins ago – U.S. Geological Survey

An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near Skwentna, AK at 17:51:17.00 UTC on Sep 25, 2014


http://earthquaketrack.com/us-ak-anchorage/recent

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Response to Baclava (Reply #13)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:15 PM

17. We just discovered a big picture fell off the wall in my husband's office.

Shattered glass everywhere. I hate that.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:19 PM

19. Good time to go panning for gold!...my friends dad made a living off it down on the Kenai

never know what gets all shook out

Aren't you up around Eagle River?

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Response to Baclava (Reply #19)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:21 PM

21. No, I'm in west Anchorage.

I used to live in Eagle River in the early '80s.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:11 PM

15. Be safe, Blue!

Expect the unexpected: downed power lines, landslides, etc.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #15)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:17 PM

18. Thanks, Octafish.

I'm usually pretty calm with these, but this one gave me a little scare.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #18)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:24 PM

23. I've been through a bunch, too...

...in Puerto Rico and California. The one that got to me was a quake in late '86 when I lived between LA and San Diego. Going from memory, it was about 2 a.m. local time and the walls were wobbling. I yelled and got everybody out of the house -- about seven guys sharing a big house.

We went outside and noticed the water in the rectangular swimming pool had formed standing waves, that moved from one side of the pool to the other, across the shorter dimension. The waves were coming from the direction of the ocean, where we later learned was where the quake originated.

Long story short: A couple weeks later, another quake. Same thing, woke everybody up who didn't yell at me for bothering them -- except this time the standing waves traveled the longer length of the pool. Amazing demonstration of shock waves, they provided clues from the direction of the epicenters.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:13 PM

16. I'm glad to see you're ok...hope everyone else is.

 

The Bay Area earthquake of about a month back was the biggest I'd felt since I was a kid, but for that, I had the benefit of still being mostly asleep by the time it was over.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:21 PM

20. stay safe

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 01:22 PM

22. We are getting reports that this was felt from Homer to Fairbanks.

Check your maps - that's a big area.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #22)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 02:29 PM

25. Our news down here said it's now been upgraded to a 6.2 Mag

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Response to countryjake (Reply #25)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 03:44 PM

29. Yes, 6.24

I saw a cool picture someone posted of a big crack in the ground a couple miles from here, but I can't get it to load into my photobucket from my iPad. Maybe I'll post it from my computer later. It was pretty thrilling. People on my FB page are still talking about it.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #29)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 04:07 AM

41. It looks like your earthquake set off a swarm down at Mammoth Lakes, CA

I went back to check that link tonight to see if you've had any aftershocks and it's nothing but California. That's at the Long Valley Caldera.

I was in Vermont visiting my sis back in the early eighties when there was a good sized earthquake in upstate New York. That one shook such a vast area, I think it was felt in a dozen states and throughout Canada, too. And it was only a five something. I took pictures of a big ole crack it left in the earth and I'm still amazed at the noise, the sound scared me more than the shaking.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 02:32 PM

26. Brace for aftershocks, just in case. Stay safe!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 02:58 PM

27. Stay safe.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 03:33 PM

28. Be Safe Blue !!!

 




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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 04:04 PM

30. From Alaska Dispatch

http://www.adn.com/article/20140925/earthquake-shakes-southcentral-alaska





The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports that an earthquake that shook Southcentral and Interior Alaska for several seconds Thursday at 9:51 a.m. had a preliminary magnitude of 6.24, not 6.1 as originally reported.

The National Weather Service originally said the temblor was located 60 miles southwest of Talkeetna at a depth of 98 kilometers, although the Alaska Earthquake Information Center later updated the depth to 103 kilometers (64 miles); according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami is not expected.

Seismologist Natalia Ruppert at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was caused by the Pacific plate diving under the North American plate; its depth, she said, will have minimized its impact.

"This was quite deep, so I wouldn’t expect any serious damage," Ruppert said. "Deep earthquakes normally don’t produce as many aftershocks as shallow earthquakes, so there will be some aftershocks, but I don’t expect there to be too many."

While Anchorage residents felt multiple jolts, and buildings shook for long after the earth stopped moving, Ruppert said the quake officially lasted just 10 seconds.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 04:06 PM

31. Hoping for your safety and all the folks affected. nt

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 04:08 PM

32. Hope you and yours are OK.

Stay safe.

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Response to Stellar (Reply #32)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 04:18 PM

33. Oh, we're all fine.

It had just been a while since we've had one this big felt in Anchorage. There was a 7.9 back in 2002 but centered quite a bit further north. I was vacationing in LA at the time, so can't compare. For me personally, this was the strongest I've felt since the '80s.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 05:09 PM

34. Vibes to Alaska.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 06:33 PM

35. Stay safe

That's an order

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 07:24 PM

36. Anyone in Fairbanks?

I've got a cousin up there who has been off radar for a few days.

If FB got shook, I'd like to know so I can get the network poking.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:20 PM

38. let us know the number. from calif. always interested in the number. stay safe. nt

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:22 PM

39. Scary- I hope all your loved ones are okay Blue

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Sep 26, 2014, 04:09 AM

42. (((Blue)))

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