Port of Alaska: 'Looks like we got lucky'
The Port of Alaska in Anchorage was spared any major structural damage in Friday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake, at least as far as officials can see right now.
Jim Jager, the port's external affairs director, says overall the port looks "pretty good." However, he says the port needs further inspection to be sure. The port will be examined Saturday morning when the tide is lower to get a better look.
For years there has been concern about the port failing in the event of a major earthquake. Many steel pilings are corroded; pilings that support the docks. Slightly more than 600 pilings have already been covered with a metal sleeve to protect their structural integrity, something port officials say is a temporary "Band-Aid" fix.
Jager says all of the port's 1,423 pilings have some corrosion damage.
Officials say if the port completely shut down due to a big quake, we would have between six and seven days until the shelves at grocery stores would be empty. In a previous story, Jager said that number was 10 days, but says that was based on an old report. The current number might vary depending on where people live in Alaska, he said.
During Friday's earthquake, a fuel tanker in the middle of unloading petroleum was halted. Now, the tanker won't be allowed to finish unloading the rest until fuel pressure lines are tested.
The first shipment of supplies comes in Saturday night and the port will continue to be operational with more cargo coming in Sunday.
City officials say there is no need to stock up on supplies or gasoline.
KTVA's Cassie Schirm contributed to this report.
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