I was just sitting on the floor, playing with my toys, and all the sudden, I hear a bell ringing on my toy locomtive, with had a brass bell mounted on top of it. It being designed, to ride on, and push it around with your feet. I am sitting there wondering why the bell is ringing, and I hear another noise, my mother is being chased by our dishwasher in the kitchen, and it runs over her foot, cutting her big toe, causing it to bleed, and I hear a funny noise in the glass picture window, and look and see a long crack form across it. All this is going on, while, I had been sitting in the sunlight playing on the floor. I could hear a grinding noise from deep down under the floor, not unlike the sound of a coffee grinder! People came by to check on us, we had no power, but water, they had power, but their stairs had collapsed at their apartment, so we came up a ladder, through a window, We were warm enough, but the stench of that bathroom, was unbearable, and the time the earthquake hit at the AFB, everybody was upstairs in the breakroom, when it hit, they moved to the doorways, and the hallway, just as well the floor to ceiling refrigerators fell into the space, could had injureded a lot of people in there, and after the quake pilots were scrambled to any available planes, which was a problem, as the earthquake damaged most plane’s front landing gear. They were only able to use the planes that had been parked on ice, where the front landing gear had not collapsed. A pilot was bemoaning the loss of a fighter, he had just parked in the hanger. So, off they go, waiting to take off and start world war 3. After ninety minutes they are recalled, for it was “just an earthquake”! They all had misseles with nuclear capability, being launched after takeoff, and headed North towards Russia. Than God it did not come to that, I wonder how many people reading this know just how close we really were to a war, then?
I lived and worked in Anchorage in 1986. I knew people who lived through the 64 quake and had PTSD from it. I ran a file room in the National Park Service, I turned on the power file and the drawers rattled. My co worker yelled “Earthquake!” and started to run out the door. I had to stop her and explain what she’d heard wasn’t a quake. I’m sure this last quake did her in if she still lives in Anchorage. I really do worry about people who lived through them both.
I have an inner ear condition that is made substantially worse when there is a quake. I didn’t quite get what was wrong with me until I realized it was the quake. I feel empathy for anyone that was affected by this the same way I was.
So sorry to hear this , spent 3 months in Wasilla last year 2017 for the second time with our daughter and her family , loved every minute being in Alaska . This is so sad and makes me feel bad for all of you and what you are going through , but prayers are for you everyday .