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Aftershocks still jarring Alaska seven weeks after ferocious earthquake

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/20/2019 STORM GIFFORD
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Seven weeks after an intense 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Alaska, intense aftershocks are still menacing the state.

Miraculously no one died or was injured in the Nov. 30, 2018, calamity but there have been more than 7,800 recorded aftershocks since the quake struck about seven miles north of the state’s most populous city of Anchorage. Although many are too slight to notice, 20 have had magnitudes of 4.5 or greater, reported The Associated Press.

Federal officials have made mental health aid available for residents feeling traumatized.

“It’s still overwhelming for people, and they feel emotionally out of control,” said Anchorage social worker Deborah Gonzales, who claims people confide in her that they no longer feel safe and are fed up with the shaking.

People have told Gonzales that they are mulling a move out of state while others say the constant shocks have left them feeling “crazy” — emotions Gonzales deemed “100% normal.”

For many adults who remember the frightening 1964 Alaskan earthquake — a 9.2 on the Richter scale and still the second most powerful seismic event ever recorded — it’s triggering feelings of angst.

Robert Bell, now 66, remembers that first quake as rolling like waves while November’s was more a back-and-forth shaking.

He constructed his own house and says it’s solid and safe, but he still panics when the aftershocks thunder.

“You don’t know when the next one’s going to hit — that’s been unnerving,” said Bell.


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