A powerful earthquake has rocked the Anchorage area, causing severe tremors and damage and raising fears of a tsunami. A powerful quake shakes Anchorage, Alaska, on July 7, 2010, on the Alaska Peninsula, near Anchorage, in the Aleutian Islands. On July 6, 2011, a powerful earthquake struck Anchorage and surrounding areas, causing severe tremors and damage and triggering tsunami fears, according to the US Geological Survey.
The 3,000-acre McKinley Fire is burning on the Alaska Peninsula near Anchorage in the Aleutian Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The fire had destroyed more than 50 buildings by Sunday evening and residents in the areas between Wasilla and Talkeetna were evacuated, the fire department said. Smoke will continue to spread across the state as the fire continues, Anchorage Fire Department spokesman Mike O'Neill told the Anchorage Daily News. The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km and a magnitude of 6.5, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.
As we go through the fires throughout the year, we continually assess fire conditions and risk factors, including COVID 19, that may affect our ability to respond to forest fires. Alaska Interagency Predictive Services in Mesowest began operations in 2015, and Alaska has introduced fire behavior assessment for homes and properties.
Alaska has fought eight wildfires this year, according to the U.S. Forest Service, with more than 1,000 firefighters on the scene.
Wildfires have scorched more than 1.5 million acres in Alaska, making it the second largest state in the US, and the high fire danger is expected to continue for weeks. The National Climate Assessment says Alaska is warming twice as fast as the global average, and that warming is "likely to lead to an increase in wildfires like the one currently burning," the report said. Rupp said the number of major fires, which burn more than half a million acres a year, is also increasing across Alaska. The length of the fire season is worrying, said John Iipsen, a wildfire expert at the Wildfire Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Most of the monitored fires in Alaska are on remote ground, making it difficult to deploy personnel and support the resources needed, he said.
Wildfires in Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula in the south have caused record heat and rain this summer. Scientists say a combination of high temperatures in southern and central Alaska, where the fires are burning, has contributed to a record number of wildfires in Alaska this year and the worst wildfire season in more than a decade.
The average representation of the fire season in Alaska does not very well represent the effects of fires, and there are a few examples where the average tells the story. When fires become active in Alaska during peak season, convective forces can ignite flames and strengthen the winds needed for large fires burning heavy fuel loads. Like much of the boreal forest, the fires in Alaska follow a pattern of large fires - independent of location - that are difficult to fight on remote soil.
Traditionally, the most significant fires are observed and mapped by regular flights. Alaska has been using satellite fire detection data since the seemingly endless fire season of 2004, when smoke rendered aerial observations virtually useless.
Based on the experience gained, the UBC of the state of Alaska in 1973 addressed the need for a significant increase in seismic design requirements for southern Alaska. These skills led Zeke to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he worked as a geophysicist for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (Alaska DNR) and then for the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Anchorage for four years.
The McKinley fire has destroyed more than 80 buildings and has lost more than 1,000 hectares of land in Denali National Park. The McKinly wildfire is burning in a remote area on the northern slopes of Alaska, north of Anchorage. Many dogs and mushers had to be evacuated, many of them living along the highway between Anchorage and Denalee National Park.
The Alaska Fire Department reported that about 250 people are currently battling the blaze, and that number is rising daily. Smoking wildfires were a near-constant in Anchorage, which was the hottest and driest on record this summer, according to the US Forest Service. McKinley and other new or rekindled fires are burning at a time when flames usually subside and the landscape is drenched by summer rain, said Mike O'Neill, a spokesman for Alaska's Natural Resources Department.
Anchorage itself experienced a fire scare last week, announced by a plume of smoke rising from a wooded area on the city's east side. It felt like the earth itself was burning as smoke blocked the view of the Anchorage skyline from the Alaska State Capitol building and other buildings in downtown Anchorage.
The Anchorage and Mat-Su Fire Department battled a series of fires and collapsed buildings before the quake stopped. The fire, which started on August 17, threatened the Parks Highway, led to road closures and traffic control and damaged the Alaska State Capitol building and other buildings in downtown Anchorage the following night.