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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


Charles and Miguel were watching Netflix and I was reading in bed just before midnight last night, when the house started shaking, and kept shaking for about a minute or so.

At first I thought the dogs were wrestling underneath the bed (they do that sometimes), but I realized that Frida was outside my door, frantically whining and scratching.  "Is that an earthquake?"  I called out.  It kept going, and going.  Finally it stopped.

We got on the internet and found out the preliminary report was 6.6, which is pretty big, and then they changed it to 7.7, and finally, 7.6.

A tsunami warning was issued for the outer coast of Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and all the way down to Crescent City, CA and over in Hawaii.

The waterfronts of several SE Alaska towns, including Petersburg and Sitka were evacuated until about 2:45 a.m.  There was a mild tidal surge, but no significant waves.

Still, it was quite an event.  No reports of damage or injuries, but a lot of people were up quite late, waiting in school gyms for what could have been a disaster.

Thank God it all was OK.

Just for comparison, the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 was a 6.9 and caused a huge amount of damage.


  1. Earthquakes are scary!! Loved your photos of last year.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Glad to hear that you are OK! I remember that I felt a slight tremor one morning last year, when we were staying an Anchorage. They can happen at any time up there!

  3. Paula
    So glad to hear you're all OK! Elijah and his wife are in Juneau right now, so I expect they felt it too.

  4. I've been through some earthquakes and that is a very big one! I'm so happy to hear you are all safe and that there were no tsunamis!



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