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Anchorage Gets a Quake Up Call

Saturday’s quake is a good reminder that disasters can happen anytime

At 5:45 pm, Saturday evening Anchorage experienced an earthquake that was registered as a magnitude 4.73. This earthquake was centered roughly 80 miles north of Anchorage.  

Just days after the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, this quake serves as a quake up call for Anchorage residents. This is the second earthquake that Anchorage residents have felt in the past month; the previous earthquake was 4.5 on March 4th.  Earthquakes can happen anytime and are potentially the most devastating natural disaster risk for Anchorage residents. Don’t hit the snooze button! Preparing for disasters before the happen saves lives and keeps you and your family safer when disaster strikes.  

Before an earthquake:

  • Lower your risk of injury and property damage by making your home earthquake safe. The number one cause of injury and death during an earthquake is falling debris. Go to www.ready.gov/earthquakes for specific recommendations.

During an earthquake:

  • Drop down where you are; do not try to move from one location to another. If you are outside, stay outside. If you are inside, stay in the room you are in.
  • Take cover underneath a sturdy piece of furniture to keep falling debris from hitting you. If there is nothing for you to get underneath, move away from large objects and glass and drop to the floor, covering your head and neck.

After an earthquake:

  • Check on your family and neighbors to make sure everyone is okay. Provide first aid as needed.
  • Check your home for damage to determine if it is safe to shelter in place. If you aren’t sure, evacuate.

For more information on personal preparedness contact the Office of Emergency Management at 343-1400 with any questions.

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