January 26, 2018

Friday Funny 01-26/18 (Earthquake and Tsunami)

Is it possible?
I'm sure you saw the news about the 7.9 earthquake that occurred Monday, Jan 23, just off the coast of Kodiak Alaska. Here in Anchorage, we felt the quake, and then cell phones started to buzz with a Tsunami warning. The first thing I did, was to text Bill, who is still on Denali Rose in Petersburg AK. I wanted to make sure he was awake, and could make reasonable decisions about what to do. He was awake.....

As strange as it may seem, I turned to Facebook for updates, the Police Dept of Kodiak, KTUU, and friends were posting information, and links to information that were very helpful. One gentleman in Kodiak used his phone on Facebook Live, and kept it running for hours. He had over 3000 viewers from all over the world.

A message I got from Facebook.

The authorities turned on the tsunami warning sirens in many coastal communities, like Sitka, Homer, and Seward. I had friends who live aboard their sailboats in Sitka, and Seward, and were posting that they had left their marinas, and had evacuated to higher ground. Bill said that Petersburg marina personnel came around knocking on boats to let everyone know about the situation.

As it turned out, we didn't have a tsunami, due to the type of earthquake. It was called a "strike-slip", versus a "subduction", and didn't create the vertical movement to the seabed that would cause a tsunami. Read more about it here: Powerful earthquake didn't cause a tsunami.

It didn't take long for us to get cheeky about the experience.

Lower 48 is what we call the contiguous US.

This guy actually posted this as a joke, but folks took him seriously.


We lived through another one. It's amazing, I haven't heard of any damage to any community. My sister-in-law has many beautiful glass items on display, and nothing fell off of it's shelf. 

We're cheeky, but also grateful that we can joke about it now.

A post from the Denali Rose Sailboat facebook page

Have you ever been in a earthquake, tornado, tsunami, hurricane? Were you able to joke about it later? Have you selected your location, keeping in mind what natural disasters occur in the area?  

As always, we enjoy hearing from you, either here in comments or on our Facebook Denali Rose Sailboat page.


  1. Replies
    1. It'll be tough, but as hardy Alaskans, we will manage. ;-)

  2. Alaskans have such a great sense of humor. I remember being on our boat once in New Zealand when there was a tsunami warning. We were trying to figure out what to do, but thankfully it got called off fairly quickly.

    1. I'm so glad you didn't have to ride out a tsunami! Fran, who is on WWS, and lives in Sitka, said they have always had a plan to head out to sea, but didn't have time, so they went to high ground instead. Scary at the moment. It's good to laugh about it later.


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