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Shaky ground: A year after the 7.1 earthquake in Southcentral Alaska

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 3, 2019
  • Published November 28, 2019

Ice shows cracks in the vicinity of the Palmer Hay Flats after an earthquake on Nov. 30, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)

At 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2018, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rumbled through Southcentral Alaska, cracking roads, damaging buildings and leaving residents rattled as a series of aftershocks jolted through the earth.

A year later, the earthquake’s impact isn’t as obvious to the naked eye — but the community is still in the process of recovering from the damage wrought by the most significant earthquake to hit the region in 54 years.

In this series, our coverage examines the lessons we learned from the quake, how residents have grappled with the recovery process, and how we can prepare for the next big earthquake.

Last year’s 7.1 earthquake woke Alaska up. Experts say it wasn’t a true test of our readiness.

“The question is, ‘Are we more prepared for the big one?’ Because the 7.1 wasn’t the big one," says a UAA structural earthquake engineering professor.

How a few seconds of shifting deep below the Earth’s surface caused the biggest earthquake in Anchorage since 1964

Understanding how the magnitude 7.1 earthquake happened starts with understanding what makes up the earth below, and how it has been moving around for millions of years.

Experts say earthquake damage was worse outside Anchorage’s building safety area due to lax oversight

According to municipal officials and academics, the November 2018 earthquake shows a more rigorous inspection process in Anchorage paid off in the end — even if it cost more to build.

A year after the big quake, many Alaska lives remain shaken

Federal and local assistance has helped, but for many, earthquake recovery in Southcentral Alaska has proven to be a challenging and often frustrating affair.

What to do when earthquakes strike and how to prepare for them

From taste-testing food in your earthquake kit to making contact with family members Outside, here are some tips to help you prepare for the next big quake.

2018 earthquake damage: Then and now

Images show just how much has changed in the year since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska.