Earthquakes leave tens of thousands without electricity around Anchorage

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Public Safety | SouthcentralEarthquakes leave tens of thousands without electricity around AnchorageNovember 30, 2018 by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Share:People take shelter in a lobby after an earthquake hits Anchorage on November 30, 2018. (Video still by Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media)A massive earthquake Friday knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in Anchorage. The city’s two major utilities, Chugach Electric Association and Municipal Light and Power, dispatched all their crews to repair tripped transformers and other possible damage to substations and power lines.Julie Hasquet, spokeswoman for Chugach Electric Association, was giving a tour of their company headquarters when the earthquake struck.“It was pretty scary,” she said. “I grew up in Southern California and went through many earthquakes. I’ve lived in Alaska for 32 years and have gone through many earthquakes here, and I will say this is the longest, scariest earthquake I’ve ever been a part of.”As of Friday evening, 97 customers were without power in Chugach’s service area.Matanuska Electric Association got hit the hardest. Half of its substations were offline after the earthquake. As of Friday evening, about 2,500 customers were still without power. Most of MEA’s customers live in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Kierre Childers, a spokesperson for MEA, said all crews are out, but they have encountered road closures and damage from the earthquake, making it harder for them to get to the repairs. Customers should be prepared for extended outages.Municipal Light and Power spokeswoman Julie Harris said they expect to have power restored to most of their customers by the end of today.By Friday evening, Chugach Electric is reporting that 97 customers are without power. Municipal Light and Power is reporting about 850 customers without power. Both utilities are still figuring out the damage.Bruce Shelley at Homer Electric Association said the town did experience some outages from the earthquake tripping the lines, but those have since been fixed. There are no structural damages to power plants or other generators there.Editor’s note: Figures will be updated in this story as new numbers become available.Share this story:last_img read more