Full Circle & Alaska Earthquake
To our fellow members and employees in Alaska, we applaud all of your efforts and resiliency following the latest earthquake north of Anchorage on November 30. The earthquake was reported 27 miles deep, lasting 11 seconds at a 7.0 magnitude, along 20 miles of the subduction zone. The subduction zone for those of us down here in the lower 48 is where the Pacific Plate is slowly sliding under the North American Plate at a rate of about 2 inches per year. This is why Alaska is considered the most seismically active region in the United States. On November 30 as the Pacific Plate was forced deeper into the Earth, the weight of the dense tectonic plate caused it to tear under its own weight causing the region to feel the shake and tremor.
In a few short hours, our Full Circle team had everyone safe, already on the clean up from broken sprinklers and just this week, Andrew flew up to fix the coolers that had sustained some damage. We have over 184 pick up sites in Alaska and good food is a vital part of their everyday existence. After the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, measuring 9.2, Alaskans have been progressively built strategies to deal with another large earthquake. The strict building and planning codes and diligence paid off.
The region has had thousands of aftershocks in the last two weeks and “tremors that shake the church pews,” but the damage to buildings, while not insubstantial, could have been much worse. Many children are now returning back to schools in the area and businesses are cleaning up. As the first snowfall came late this year, perhaps another sign of global warming, Anchorage will again pull through. Connections to soil and wildlife on a grand scale could not run deeper or more central to the Alaskan identity, and we are sending all the love and hope to them in this holiday time of recovery and re-building.
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