4.4 aftershock damages Point MacKenzie farmer's business
In the few months since the Nov. 30 earthquake, Southcentral Alaska has experienced more than 8,000 aftershocks. Dozens of those have measured 4.0 or higher, including a 4.4 magnitude shaker Monday morning that left one family's small business with thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Matt Hale and his family own Harvest Point Farms in Point MacKenzie, about five miles from the epicenter of Monday's aftershock. He says it felt different than most.
"A lot of them are really just kind of vibrating almost like your washing machine is off balance, but this one was more rolling,” Hale said. “Kind of like you were in a bowl of Jell-O."
One of his main greenhouses was destroyed just a week before he was to start planting for the season.
"The first month that we normally start selling is critical for us,” Hale said. “We don't have a source of income for a large portion of the winter, so the earlier we can start selling product the better.”
Hale wants his produce to be in local grocery stores by April, so this is a significant loss.
"That's a big deal for us because the first part of the year everyone is anxious for something green, something local," he said.
Hale says the loss will cost at least $50,000 and weeks of work, but he is getting help from friends and keeping a positive attitude.
"When bad things happen, I can't change that," said Hale. "I can't change the fact that the greenhouse collapsed, but I can control how I react to it."
Friends of the Hales have put together a GoFundMe campaign to help the family and their business recover.
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