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Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Off Alaskan Coast

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the i-blame-the-schools dept.

Earth 36

This morning at 08:58 UTC a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off the coast of southeastern Alaska. The depth was just shy of 10km. The quake occurred roughly 106km from the city of Craig and about 341km from the capital city of Juneau. A tsunami warning was issued shortly after the quake, but later canceled when it became apparent that sea level changes would be minor, with no widespread destructive wave. The observed tsunami was no more than six inches high. The earthquake was felt on land, shaking houses and tossing objects to the floor, but as yet there are no reports of injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said, 'At the location of this earthquake, the Pacific plate is moving approximately northwestward with respect to the North America plate at a velocity of 51 mm/yr. This earthquake is likely associated with relative motion across the Queen Charlotte fault system offshore of British Columbia, Canada, which forms the major expression of the Pacific:North America plate boundary in this region. The surrounding area of the plate boundary has hosted 8 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater over the past 40 years."

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Didn't feel anything in Juneau (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487113)

Slept right though it I guess!

Didn't feel anything in Nice, France either (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487153)

Nope, no tsumami or tremor here :)

Re:Didn't feel anything in Juneau (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487493)

Next time don't use the roofies on her.

Also use the condom so she doesn't get pregnant.

Re:Didn't feel anything in Juneau (3, Informative)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#42488331)

We felt it in Sitka. Long rumbling and shaking. No damage done except to the egos of the emergency planners.

It was a very interesting test of the emergency broadcast system. The sirens went off. The reverse 911 worked. Lots of people heeded the warnings and got in their cars to go to higher ground.

Two small problems. There is basically a single main road that parallels the shore. It's two lanes wide. Hard to evacuate 3000 people on a little bitty two lane road. Then there was the little problem of ice. The idea is to go to higher ground - when the roads entering the higher grounds are iced up such that you need chains you have an oopsy situation. Fortunately, we were prepared to handle the six inch high wave.

I think the debrief today should be kinda amusing. Lesson learned: ALWAYS TEST YOUR BACKUPS!

Re:Didn't feel anything in Juneau (1)

LongearedBat (1665481) | about a year ago | (#42493737)

On the positive... It sounds like a dry run that has shown some kinks in the system that can now be worked on.

Re:Didn't feel anything in Juneau (1)

LostAlaska (760330) | about a year ago | (#42538241)

Whaaaaaat!? I'm on the 12th floor of the Mendenhall Apartments in downtown Juneau and everything was shaking like crazy. Haven't felt any of the aftershocks though.

Blame Canada (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487115)

From your friendly neighborhood canuck.

Strum thy HAARP, Fallen Angels! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487159)

Controversial new evidence emerged last night that the Pope has been hoarding banned weapons since the First Vatican Council in 1870. Membraneous UN inspectors have been investigating a site near the Pentagon following a tip-off from Microsoft. Chief weapons inspector John the Baptist described the progress as 'loopy'. Sources claim Lord Lucan is at the centre of the investigation, and that even Jesus could be involved, albeit unfortunately.

In total, 771 men brandishing their fists were discovered yesterday by Snoop Doggy Dogg at Bournemouth and further diplomatic discoveries are expected to be made at the Temple of Solomon sometime tomorrow, which may yield yet more banned flintlocks. World leaders are said to be very nearly concerned at these vague developments and false reactions are occurring - in Britain, President John the Baptist has turned up unexpectedly at an ancient Mayan temple, and Prime Minister Lord Lucan of Britain has found a furry button in Slough.

My lack of adequate tinfoil prevented me from attaining the First Post which is my birthright!

Re:Strum thy HAARP, Fallen Angels! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42488041)

Controversial new evidence emerged last night that the Pope has been hoarding banned weapons since the First Vatican Council in 1870. Membraneous UN inspectors have been investigating a site near the Pentagon following a tip-off from Microsoft. Chief weapons inspector John the Baptist described the progress as 'loopy'. Sources claim Lord Lucan is at the centre of the investigation, and that even Jesus could be involved, albeit unfortunately.

In total, 771 men brandishing their fists were discovered yesterday by Snoop Doggy Dogg at Bournemouth and further diplomatic discoveries are expected to be made at the Temple of Solomon sometime tomorrow, which may yield yet more banned flintlocks. World leaders are said to be very nearly concerned at these vague developments and false reactions are occurring - in Britain, President John the Baptist has turned up unexpectedly at an ancient Mayan temple, and Prime Minister Lord Lucan of Britain has found a furry button in Slough.

My lack of adequate tinfoil prevented me from attaining the First Post which is my birthright!

They would have let this go, but he mentioned first post.

blow up dolls for peace (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487229)

ever made friends with a blow up doll? you should try. they are nice to sit with by the fire and by the lake, you can even push them in the lake and laugh, and rescue them and then you squeal, "my hero!"

don't push them in the fire, though, they don't like that, and it will make you sad as the blow up doll won't feel the same anymore, and they will appear broken.

sometimes you can tickle their anus and then you squeal, "tee hee hee aren't you cute"

they especially love a warm cup of noodles in their vaginas (or wrapped around their penis).

7-11: fresh meaty penises for self gratification (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487293)

i like the cheeseburger hot dogs at 7-11. nice and warm and ready for my anus to receive! they taste good even better after being inside my rectum!

cans of spam = instant penis or anus (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487353)

i like cans of spam.

why?

because they can each be formed with the hands (Ghost movie's theme song playing in background) to form a penis or anus.

it's delightful!

Tsunamis aren't tall in the middle of the ocean (3, Informative)

presspass (1770650) | about a year ago | (#42487357)

The observed tsunami was no more than six inches high.

I hope this wasn't the height measured 10km form shore.

Someone observed a 6 inch high Tsunami? (2)

GoodnaGuy (1861652) | about a year ago | (#42487379)

The article says someone observed a 6 inch high Tsunami. How could they tell this from a normal wave? Is there a you tube video of it? I am sure it will be a hit.

Re:Someone observed a 6 inch high Tsunami? (4, Informative)

swamp_ig (466489) | about a year ago | (#42487451)

Shouldn't be too hard to measure. The wavelength is long, and tide gauges are built so short wavelength stuff (sea waves) doesn't change them. They are basically long tube with the bottom down fairly deep. The wavelength of tsunami are in the km.

The thing I found odd was all the other measurements in this article are in metric, then a sudden switch to imperial units. That's odd.

Re:Someone observed a 6 inch high Tsunami? (1)

GoodnaGuy (1861652) | about a year ago | (#42488053)

I mostly stick to metric except for peoples height. Still seems more natural to use feet and inches for that.

Re:Someone observed a 6 inch high Tsunami? (1)

schn (1795404) | about a year ago | (#42488445)

Metric is ezpz. For mans 175 is average 180 is tall 6ft = 190ish = fucking tall. Anything less than that is short.

It's nice to see (3, Funny)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#42487385)

Earth's Nuclear furnaces still working as they should...

Now, if we could just get a volcano or two to erupt in Washington DC, that would be even better. I long for the day when it gets covered in lava.

Re:It's nice to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487953)

or ash like Pompeii

Re:It's nice to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42488185)

HAARP isnt being blamed this time? el oh el.

Re:It's nice to see (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#42488355)

HAARP isnt being blamed this time? el oh el.

Not yet. It's the weekend. Give the looney bin a few hours to scan for whatever the Kardishans are doing and the links will appear.

when interviewed (2)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#42487449)

Russian politician Vladimir Putin described the event as, "unnerving, Sarah seemed to be waving far more fervently that day than she normally does from her porch."

The cake is a lie (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487741)

Tectonic plates don't really exist. It's just the crust expanding from matter being created as a result of energy attracted to the planet's core.

Re:The cake is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42487777)

Furthermore, there is serious evidence against the theory of a molten metal core. Research.

Re:The cake is a lie (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#42488401)

Tectonic plates don't really exist. It's just the crust expanding from matter being created as a result of energy attracted to the planet's core.

So you're saying this is a global warming issue?

More earthquakes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42488455)

Is this a prelude to more quakes along the fault?

Still rumbling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42489947)

The 7.5 quake is only 217.4 miles from the 7.7 quake that shook Northwestern Canada on October 27. There was also a 6.3 quake that occurred in the region on November 7. Whole lotta shakin' goin' on.

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