Anchorage Earthquake: Sarah Palin's Home Damaged

Saul Bowman
December 2, 2018

"It was a good shake", said John E. Ebel, a senior research scientist at the Weston Observatory at Boston College, which has been recording earthquakes since the 1930s. "Glasses off the counter tops, DVDs spewing out of the TV stand". The 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline also was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.

Several strong aftershocks left many Alaskans on edge Saturday morning after powerful back-to-back earthquakes struck on Friday.

Department spokesman Meadow Bailey tells The Associated Press that normal operations have resumed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

But, Baldwin said, while the whole of the contiguous United States saw about 70 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or above in 2017, the eastern half of the Aleutian Arc and Alaska saw 192 of the same size.

The Coast Guard said the Port of Anchorage remained open to inbound and outbound maritime traffic. He said while they are described as aftershocks, they are still considered earthquakes.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin released a statement that her "family is intact" but her "house is not". Thankfully, a tsunami warning that followed the quake has since been canceled. He and many others ran outside, while others sheltered under desks in the conference room where the training was being held.

"I could tell this was bigger than anything I'd been in before, and it wasn't going to stop", resident Philip Peterson said. "You just never know when".

Photographs showed damage at Anchorage High School, cereal boxes littering the floor of a grocery store.


Around 300,000 people live in Anchorage with 100,000 in the surrounding area.

Just in the last century alone, movement between the tectonic plates at the fault line has caused six earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater. Consult the National Tsunami Warning Center for details.

New England can experience similar earthquakes, but far less often, as there is no nearby plate interaction.

"Evacuate inland or to higher ground above and beyond designated tsunami hazard zones or move to an upper floor of a multi-story building depending on your situation", the Tsunami Warning Center wrote. The center then revises the warnings based on measurements and location.

Jonathan Lettow was waiting with his 5-year-old daughter and other children for a school bus near their home in Wasilla, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Anchorage, when the quake struck.

The natural disaster was then followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock. It and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

This article was written by Mark Berman and Angela Fritz, reporters for The Washington Post, and freelance reporter Jeannette Lee Falsey.

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