Ok, first off, we’re safe! No damage and no injuries. Now, long post below!
At 6:20 this morning, I got up and started a fire in the wood stove, as we do every morning this time of year. I had lots of things on my to-do list that require hot water, so I made sure to top off the pots that sit on top of the stove, totaling about 10 gallons.
At 8:20, I pulled out a 15-pound pork roast and started the task of preparing to can it. I got all my jars out and on the counter, pulled my seasonings out and had them at the ready, sharpened my started cutting.
At 8:28 the cabin started to roll a bit. I didn’t think much of it because it was hardly noticeable. At 8:29 it got a little stronger, so I held onto my mason jars to keep them from rolling off the counter while still holding onto my knife.
I can’t tell you how long the ground shook, but it felt like at least 60 seconds, if not longer. It got much stronger, and then it changed from rolling to a violent shaking.
I had the presence of mind to put my knife in the sink, not even thinking about what I was doing. I covered the jars on the counter with my body, don’t ask me why. 😂 Perhaps it’s because they’re the equivalent of our refrigerator and what we use to store food in? I don’t really know, but it’s what I did.
I noticed that the cabin seemed to be filling with smoke and felt myself starting to panic a little. I quickly realized that it was only steam from the boiling water overflowing out of the pots on the wood stove when I heard the water sizzling and dancing on the top of the stove.
I looked up and saw Mr. Midnight and the man-child coming down the stairs. The man-child in his half-sleep seemed dazed and confused, but he wasn’t panicked. That sounds silly to say, but he’s never experienced an earthquake like this before.
When it finally stopped jolting violently, I took a moment to look around. It really wasn’t bad, it certainly could have been worse, but it was a mess! I have two containers that hold all my cooking utensils on top of the bread warmer above the wood stove that came crashing down scattering their contents across the floor.
I turned around to see that many of my spices were thrown from their shelves, the bottle of olive oil came down but didn’t spill (thankfully) and to my shock, my cast iron pans had fallen off their hooks and landed on the floor behind where I was standing, near the sink. I seriously don’t know how they missed hitting me!
To give you perspective on where the cast iron is kept and where it was found, it’s a good 4 feet distance. I didn’t get a picture of it or any of the other messes, but I did take one picture. It’s not a great one because it was still dark, and I was already halfway through picking stuff up, but I thought I would share it with you all. You can find it here on facebook.
The Tsunami warning that was previously issued has now been canceled and is only and is only effective for the Cook Inlet. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as travel inland may not be possible for them.
I have seen several reports of the Glenn Highway (the only way into and out of Anchorage to the Valley) being impassable in areas. Also reports of bridges collapsing on that highway as well as all throughout the Parks Highway.
I won’t be sharing any posts like those mentioned above because I can not verify their truthfulness. Suffice it to say that many in Alaska need your prayers today, tomorrow, and in the coming weeks and months.
It’s officially listed as a 7.0, centered 8 miles north of Anchorage, 30 miles deep. We’re located about 150 miles north of Anchorage, so if it was this strong here, I can’t imagine what it felt like there!
I want to thank you all for reaching out to us and checking on us. From family to fans, your response this morning has been truly humbling. I’m deeply touched by the number of people who have commented or sent private messages telling us they came to our page as soon as they heard about it to see if we were okay. I am thankful that we have been able to grow our page and our business with such deep connections to you!
Our cleanup is done and we have moved on with the tasks for today. We are still rolling and jolting from time to time here, and I know it will be the same throughout Alaska with the aftershocks that are sure to fill our day.