This is what mornings are like in Alaska these days.

By |2019-01-13T10:43:51+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Way worse than your mom shaking you to awake for school.

Courtesy of KTUU:

The USGS has upgraded Sunday morning’s aftershock to a magnitude 5.4. It was first listed as a 5.1.

The 7:45 a.m. quake was centered 14 kilometers northwest of Anchorage, near Point Mackenzie.

The Tsunami warning center says the quake had a magnitude of 5.0 and was at a depth of 28 miles. The center said there was no tsunami danger.

It’s one of the stronger aftershocks felt by Alaskans since November 30’s magnitude 7 shaker that damaged homes and infrastructure.

Yeah, this one definitely got my attention.

And it doesn’t help that everybody up here has their earthquake radar turned up full blast. 

We are constantly ready to run outside or jump into a doorframe at the slightest shake, even though most conventional wisdom tells us that another big one this close to the last one is highly unlikely. 

As I noted in the heading most of these are hitting us in the mornings, which really kind of negates the need for caffeine. 

Trust me you could not consume enough energy drinks or cups of coffee to give you the kind of heart palpitations that a 5.0 earthquake can provide. 

But all in all, they are really more of a nuisance than anything else. 

Just like the Trump supporting bumper stickers I see on the roads. 

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6 Comments

  1. AnonCO January 14, 2019 at 4:20 am

    O_o. Gad you’re safe, G

  2. CFR January 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    If your frig doesn’t have a lock you can buy after market ones. Also cheap plastic baskets in various sizes in your frig will keep things upright. Things my OCD sister did when she lived in earthquake country. Won’t stop the quakes but it will limit clean up

  3. anon January 14, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Glad the pickles made it through.

  4. Gryphen January 14, 2019 at 6:18 am

    I should let you know that this is not my kitchen, I just used this photo as an illustration.

    My house actually came through the big earthquake and the subsequent smaller earthquakes quite well.

    My refrigerator doors remained closed and I only had a few items fall off of the bookshelves and out of the pantry.

    Having said that there is still a heightened level of stress felt by many of my fellow Alaskans as we weather these irritating aftershocks.

  5. Anja January 14, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Not to cause panic, but in 1964 there was a 6.9 earthquake in Alaska 7 weeks before before the 9.4 earthquake. Our 7.0 earthquake was 6 weeks ago. OUR Wild Ride is not over yet.

  6. PoopTown January 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Anja,
    The 6.9 in February of 1964 was within the pacific plate itself and not on the plate boundary as was the 9.2 so there is no seismic evidence relating the two events. What we are experiencing now are simply aftershocks as the faults within the plate rupture continue to adjust. In a geologic scenario such as the one that caused the 11/30 quake; caused by intra slab faulting, rather than subduction activity, these newly created normal faults will take months or even years to firmly settle and small to medium aftershocks will be the norm.

    USGS and UAF have been issuing statements repeatedly in an attempt to quell the hysteria and speculation put forth by social media users with very little functional information regarding geology and seismology, but hey, hysteria seems to be the order of the day with social media users so I’m sure that folks will just keep it up regardless, people seem to feed on it these days.

    It never hurts to be prepared but the probability of a larger event than the 11/30 quake is extremely low, but this should have spurred any resident of South-central to make some changes around their homes and put together a small emergency kit if they didn’t already have one.

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