Earthquake refocuses attention on building standards
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Anchorage, MatSu region Nov. 30 caused more damage than first believed. There was widespread, mostly small-scale damage to residential buildings but substantial damage to schools and some commercial buildings in the MatSu Borough. Most damage to buildings was in areas like Mat-Su that are not covered by municipal building codes.
There is no estimate yet published of repair costs for schools and the expectation is that the Mat-Su Borough and possibly Anchorage will appeal to the state for help, although some federal funds will be available.
In any event, mechanical contractors and plumbers are hustling to do repairs. Luckily there were no fatalities and few injuries.