7.9 earthquake hits Alaska

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in News

Hi All!

Yesterday, a 7.9 earthquake hit an island in the Aleutians called Little Sitkin Island. A wave was generated, but not big enough to do any damage, alarms were sounded for this, the largest earthquake recorded in the United States for many many years.

Hopping over to Google Earth shows that Little Sitkin is truly way out in the middle of nowhere - the earthquake actually occurred in the straights between between Little Sitkin and Semisopochnoi Island, close to the middle of Pratt Basin.

It does not look like anyone really lives in the 'Rat Islands', but the appears to be a couple of dirt landing strips, and not much else. No need for a ShakeAlarm; but I suppose it must have been a wild ride for anyone that was around when the shaking was going on!

This is yet another stark reminder that for those of us that live on the Pacific Rim, earthquakes are a part of our life, and will be until the end of time. So are we prepared? I have water, canned food and blankets - things we will need in the event of a large destructive quake, but what about the rest of the community? Apparently BC has some of the worst disaster preparedness communities in the country, and next to Alberta's floods last year, we in BC, are likely going to be the worst naturally occurring disaster in the recorded history of North America - not a title I am looking forward to receiving.

So what do we do? We communicate. What do the majority of the population do? They wait, and hope it isn't going to happen in their lifetime.

In the meantime, I suggest building your own earthquake survival pack at a minimum; and go, spend some time in learning about how susceptible we are to a large earthquake on the West Coast, and what could really happen when the Big One gets us.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing; but it could easily save your life.




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