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Anchorage Earthquake

The USGS provides all of the technical details of Friday’s quake:M 7.0 – 13km N of Anchorage, Alaska.

I grabbed the NBC News initial reporting and their follow-up: Depth of Alaska earthquake — and strong building codes — likely prevented more damage, saved lives.

In 1964 the strongest known earthquake to hit the United States, 9.2 on the Richter scale, was centered in Anchorage. As a result, smart people build for the reality of earthquakes. Even with all that preparation, they couldn’t save their roads and bridges from damage. This creates a problem for the rest of Alaska as the majority of things shipped to the state arrive in Anchorage and are then distributed by roads and rail which are now damaged.

That said, there are no reports of serious injury or deaths.


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