Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

In the earthquake aftermath, where are the silver linings — and what are the warnings?

Published: December 18, 2018

Author: Anchorage Daily News editorial board

Two weeks after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Southcentral, we’re beginning to get a picture of the damage, the costs of recovery and the places that suffered most. As homeowners and organizations alike take stock of their situations, almost universally, the response is gratitude.
“There’s so many ways we’re lucky,” Eagle River resident Rick Walburn said after the house he and his husband were renting partially collapsed.
The other side of the coin, however, is that we shouldn’t let the relatively limited damage inflicted by the recent quake lull us into the false impression that we’re better prepared to weather such an event in the future. Here are some silver linings — and warnings — the earthquake exposed.

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