Earthquake simulator demonstrates seismic risks


Jess Field / Petersburg Pilot

Jeremy Zidek awaiting the ferry to Wrangell with the earthquake simulator.

A state outreach program designed to shake some sense into Alaskans, with the help of a mobile earthquake

simulator worth over $100,000, stopped by Petersburg last week.

Each year the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) sends out a mobile trailer unit to different communities in an effort to raise awareness of earthquake risks. However, this year is the first for the simulator traveling around Southeast Alaska, according to Jeremy Zidek, public information officer with DHSEM.

"We"re visiting eight Southeast Alaska communities, we"ll also hit four Canadian...

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