Alaska in Motion

Alaska has some very serious hazards.   The cold seems to alter the rules of physics.   The population density so low that in many places help is days away.   Even the light levels can be disorientating.   All of this complicating and delaying any emergency response.   Planning and preparing for disasters is critical in such a harsh environment.

I thought Fairbanks was dangerous environment with the harsh cold, threat of fires, occasional tremor,   and possible flooding.   However most of the hazards of any concern in the interior can be planned for and come with some level of prediction and warning.   The most lethal hazards seem to be the ones that come without any warning, and any response complicated by the cold and or isolation of location.

The subduction of the Pacific Plate underneath the North American Plate has created the conditions for a whole host of hazards all along the Pacific coastline.   This narrow stretch of land is subject to some of the largest earthquakes and volcanoes in the world.   Each of which can then trigger equally large tsunamis and avalanches.   This is all compounded by the threat of fires, harsh winters, and isolation from the grid.   Alaska’s Pacific Coastline has every form of geological threat on an outsized scale in an environment that is already harsh and isolated and there are huge bears.

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