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When asked what the most dangerous place in Alaska is, I would have to argue that the low-lying areas in the Cook Inlet, Turnagain/Knik Arms are the most dangerous. This is due to the area’s low elevation, proximity to volcanoes, seismically active zones, and poor geologic properties of the Anchorage “bowl.’ The makes the area in question highly vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. The low quality of the soils in this area means that building’s foundations may more readily fall to the effects of an earthquake. This can be further exacerbated should liquefaction come into play. Furthermore, the funnel shape of the inlet could direct a tsunami right at Anchorage and the surrounding communities. While most places in Alaska can experience some form of natural disaster, Anchorage is in the perfect location to be hit with several at once. If such an event would happen the whole state would see shortages in vital supplies; such shortages would likely last for sometime and cause serious problems in areas never directly effected by the natural disaster. Such wide spreading effects is what makes this location so unique. For example, Kodiak Island could be hit with a tsunami and the other side of the island would be rather sheltered, perhaps saving lives and infrastructure. The Cook Inlet area has no such saving grace.

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