A La Salle County native, now in Alaska, has shared some insights into the Anchorage 7.0 quake. Jodie Jones Foster, daughter of the late Ray Jones of rural Utica, now lives an hour south of the quake epicenter.
Though authorities aren't sure how long the quake lasted, Foster guesses a minute. She told “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” that she was in her kitchen Friday when she heard a rumble. Though small tremors are common – and almost ignored – Foster said she knew this was serious when the shaking and rolling sensation lasted more than 30 sec.
In Alaska, residents are told to have a safety kit - much like we do for blizzards – on them at all times. One after shock that afternoon hit 5.4. Foster's house is okay and she lost a couple of plates off a shelve. How long Anchorage will need to recover is anybody's guess, but the residents seemed to be settling in to their routine. Foster is a sister of Ray Jones, owner of the Pink Chihuahua in Ottawa.
Stillshot of earthquake from KTVA 11 News video.
(Dark object at the top middle of the shot is part of the ceiling coming down)