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    Anchorage Earthquake

    Just saw on the news that a 7.0 earthquake has hit very near Anchorage, and that there is a tsunami warning.

    Hope all are ok- for sure there are UAA posters here. Be safe!

    (many news outlets have news, and I'm sure it will be shifting all day)

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    Re: Anchorage Earthquake

    Many aftershocks, too- looks like they are going down in power. Just happened to be watching CBSN, and their live local coverage showed an aftershock.

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    Posted in tLodge but I’m ok, family is ok. Earthquake was 13k away from Anchorage. Still dealing with aftershocks, some roads have cracks, a few sink holes, busted pipes etc. Traffic is a mess, schools have closed. I’m chilling at work, waiting it out and getting paid.

    Thankfully we have planned for this and buildings seem ok. Quite scary though.

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    Re: Anchorage Earthquake

    I would like to say shoutout to all the engineers developing building codes that allowed the vast majority of our buildings to stand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    I would like to say shoutout to all the engineers developing building codes that allowed the vast majority of our buildings to stand!
    Structural guys do not mess around, especially in high seismic areas. I've heard of 500 percent factor of safety in load calculations being not uncommon. Plus in high seismic areas the structures are designed to absorb and distribute the forces within themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    Structural guys do not mess around, especially in high seismic areas. I've heard of 500 percent factor of safety in load calculations being not uncommon. Plus in high seismic areas the structures are designed to absorb and distribute the forces within themselves.
    I’m glad they don’t mess around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    I would like to say shoutout to all the engineers developing building codes that allowed the vast majority of our buildings to stand!
    That kind of post takes a lot of worries from people outside of the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfablue View Post
    That kind of post takes a lot of worries from people outside of the area.
    Like I told my daughter (9), this is why we do all those drills, why we build our buildings the way we do, to be ready for moments like this.

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    Re: Anchorage Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    Like I told my daughter (9), this is why we do all those drills, why we build our buildings the way we do, to be ready for moments like this.
    I assume that the codes are in reaction to the quake in the mid-60's which was considerably worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    I assume that the codes are in reaction to the quake in the mid-60's which was considerably worse.
    Yeah, we’ve been preparing for this since then. I know they’ve used a lot of the research from various studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Baer View Post
    I assume that the codes are in reaction to the quake in the mid-60's which was considerably worse.
    I remember the National Geographic article on the 1964 quake. Yuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    I remember the National Geographic article on the 1964 quake. Yuk.
    Anchorage created a park dedicated to the '64 quake. You can see where entire sections of shoreline sheared off 30+ feet into the ocean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    I remember the National Geographic article on the 1964 quake. Yuk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    Anchorage created a park dedicated to the '64 quake. You can see where entire sections of shoreline sheared off 30+ feet into the ocean.
    The same park we went drinking at when I was in high school!

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    Re: Anchorage Earthquake

    Airport Tower communications during/after earthquake.

    https://youtu.be/o80cNJ_XhX0

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Airport Tower communications during/after earthquake.

    https://youtu.be/o80cNJ_XhX0
    They got lucky it wasn’t too busy at around 8:30 that having to go CTAF wasn’t too bad.

    Also good the new tower didn’t collapse like the old one in 64.

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    Re: Anchorage Earthquake

    Good NYT article on Anchorage.

    Relevant part:
    “We have come a long way since the 1964 earthquake,” said Joey Yang, the chairman of the civil engineering program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “Anchorage definitely knows about the power and damage a major earthquake can cause to the infrastructure and buildings.”

    Developers must undergo rigorous requirements before building here, he added, particularly in some of the most seismically sensitive areas. Professor Yang is part of an earthquake commission that advises city leaders, whom he credited with taking the building review process seriously.
    That is no joke, I know construction on buildings has been stopped before because they felt the design wouldn’t handle an earthquake.

    I know someone asked it and yeah, 1964 is always on the mind here. I was watching a press conference earlier today and a reporter from LA asked our School District Superintendent how and why the response at schools went so smoothly and the Superintendent responded “well, we do practice this every October.”

    I kind of shudder to think what would’ve happened in other cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    Good NYT article on Anchorage.

    Relevant part:

    That is no joke, I know construction on buildings has been stopped before because they felt the design wouldn’t handle an earthquake.

    I know someone asked it and yeah, 1964 is always on the mind here. I was watching a press conference earlier today and a reporter from LA asked our School District Superintendent how and why the response at schools went so smoothly and the Superintendent responded “well, we do practice this every October.”

    I kind of shudder to think what would’ve happened in other cities.
    Probably not well here in Indy. Road damage would probably blend in and go unnoticed though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimjamesak View Post
    Even cooler, heard the guy in the trapped Toyota made his flight.
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