Friday, November 30, 2018

Good Friday Anchorage Deja Vu

On March 27, 1964 the day became misnamed as a Good Friday it was not
A 9.2 earthquake ravaged Anchorage and 139 farms in Alaska, Oregon and California were bought
The ground moved up to 60 feet along 600 miles for 4 to 5 minutes of destruction
Hundreds of structures were heavily damaged or destroyed due to lack of earthquake proof construction
A tsunami of death reach as far south as Crescent City
Where 13 farms were bought without pity
The strongest earthquake ever to hit North American land
Showing how puny man is and the forces of nature he cannot withstand
The town of Valdez totally destroyed to be rebuilt on a new site
Silver lining in that TAPS did not exist so no environment oil pollution to then fight
When it comes to earthquakes many assume California in numbers leads
Not true as it is Alaska that the moving tectonics draw the most numerous beads
The silver lining is that no one seems to have died
And a tsunami warning has been lifted and damage to TAPS is denied
Alaskans are a hardy lot and hardy these Alaskans need to be
Without power in the dark in freezing temps surrounded by debris
The governor has declared a state of disaster
Down but no out the damage inflicted the state will master
Beefing up its building codes to enhance buildings’ ability to quake survive
While we here in California pray the aftershocks do not kill anyone still alive
© November 30, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

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