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Former UW Student shares Anchorage earthquake experience

Anchorage (WKOW) — Jeremy LaGoo studied atmospheric science at UW Madison, from where he graduated in 2010. He now works at the KTVA-TV in Anchorage, which suffered widespread damage from an earthquake.

He had never experienced an earthquake before finding himself hiding under his desk at work on Friday.

After a 15-hour shift reporting the latest on the earthquake, he’s back in the newsroom that is still in shambles after being damaged.

He says that people in Anchorage have already started trying to get back to normal.

Contractors and plumbers have already started making the rounds to try to make whatever fixes they can.

One of the biggest concerns however, has been the hundreds of aftershocks that have rumbled through since Friday morning.

Eleven of those aftershocks have had a magnitude of 4.5 or greater.

LaGoo was at a coffee shop Saturday morning during one of them.

“Everybody was on edge so that’s still a thing,” LaGoo said. “Everybody at the coffee shop wound up diving under tables and chairs and counters as the aftershock was going on. So I think there’s still a lot of tension following the quake as well.”

He said that even though people in Anchorage have been resilient through all of the damage, he hopes that people elsewhere remember: it’s not something to be taken lightly.

The earthquake is also impacting current happenings at UW Madison.

According to Cliff Thurber, a professor of seismology, his research group is conducting a study on seismic hazard estimation in Alaska.

He says the data from this earthquake will be very helpful for their work.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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