by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
The shaking in Alaska still hasn’t stopped, and that has many residents wondering if the worst is still yet to come. Friday’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake could be felt 400 miles away from Anchorage, and it was the most destructive quake that the city has experienced since 1964. But those living in the region can’t really shift into recovery mode yet because the ground continues to shake. In fact, it is being reported that there have been more than 1,400 aftershocks that have been recorded so far…
Since Friday’s tremor, the strongest to strike The Last Frontier since a 7.9 in the remote Rat Islands in 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey has recorded 166 aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 or higher around Anchorage as of 4:50 p.m. PST Sunday, USGS geophysicist Brad Aagaard told USA TODAY. Earthquakes of 3 or higher are strong enough to be felt.
There have been hundreds of smaller disturbances: 1,406 aftershocks of at least magnitude 1.0.
None of the news reports that I have found include aftershocks that are under magnitude 1.0.
If those were included, how high would the total be?
This is yet another reminder that our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. One resident that has been living in the area for 37 years described the chaos that she experienced when the initial quake hit…
Palmer resident Kristin Dossett described the initial jolt as “absolutely terrifying.”
It was the biggest quake she has felt in her 37 years in a region where temblors are common, Dossett said. One aftershock moved her piano a foot and half from the wall.
“It just didn’t stop. It kept going and got louder and louder, and things just fell everywhere — everything off my dressers, off my bookcases, my kitchen cupboard. Just broken glass everywhere.”
But this definitely was not a worst case scenario.
In fact, the magnitude 9.2 earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964 “produced 1,995 times more energy” than the earthquake that we saw on Friday…
The 1964 Alaska temblor, the second-largest earthquake in the modern record, produced 1,995 times more energy than Friday’s quake. It lasted 4½ minutes and, along with its tsunamis, killed more than 120 people. It was felt all the way to Seattle, where witnesses said they felt the landmark Space Needle swaying.
A later U.S. Geological Survey study found that an area of 185,000 square miles was disrupted. There were areas that dropped as much as eight feet and others rose 38 feet. Barnacles attached to rocks that used to be two feet underwater were suddenly in the open air. A section of downtown Anchorage sank. Underwater landslides in Alaska’s fjords caused tsunamis within minutes of the shaking. Three huge waves washed into Whittier from Prince William Sound within three minutes.
Scientists tell us that someday such a quake will happen again, and if it strikes as close to Anchorage as Friday’s earthquake did, the city will instantly be reduced to a giant pile of rubble.
And it may happen a lot sooner than many were anticipating. Our planet appears to be in great turmoil, and we have been witnessing a lot of extremely unusual seismic activity lately.