One year later: Looking back at the Nov. 30 earthquake

This Saturday marks the first anniversary of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck about 8 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska on Nov. 30, 2018. Alaskans were just starting their Friday mornings when the quake hit at 8:29 a.m., and the community immediately jumped into action.

Subcontractors Trevor Todero and Steve Unfreid repair ceiling fixtures in the UAA Consortium Library exactly one week after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the campus. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Campus needed to be closed despite finals coming up the following week and fall commencement just a few weeks away. Yet UAA reopened after only five days thanks to the quick and organized efforts by management and facilities teams and many other community members, including UAA alumni. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we look back and appreciate all they did, and we are grateful no one was hurt.

To learn more about the earthquake recovery efforts, read “Shaken into action.”