‘It literally felt like the house was coming down’: KS family experiences Alaska’s earthquake


A Kansas family is among those who experienced the quake and its aftershocks.

The Hammer family lives at a military base in Anchorage and called KSN from their living room. They say the quake only lasted minutes, but those minutes felt like eternity.

Violent shakes in Alaska rocked buildings, destroyed roadways, and the Hammer family from Kansas experienced it all.

“Yelled for Dakoda the lights went out, power was out he came running down the hallway, and Keaton was closely behind him,” said Stacy Hammer, Anchorage.

The Hammer family was at their home on the military base at the time of the quakes. Stacy…six months pregnant…and terrified.

“It was intense enough that it literally felt like the house was coming down,” said Stacy.

They say besides furniture moving damage was minimal but there was more to worry about.

“There was a possible Tsunami warning so we needed to get to high ground,” said Stacy.

The family says they quickly packed and got to higher ground on base. They say outside, you could only hear sirens.

“Nothing else, it was a ghost town for the first fifteen, twenty minutes,” said Dakoda Hammer.

The tsunami warning was eventually canceled, but they say store shelves are cleared. They say family in Kansas have been keeping up with them.

“They were watching the news back home because we couldn’t obviously we couldn’t use networks here,” said Stacy.

Stacy says although the experience has taught them the importance of a safety plan, she would take Kansas weather over the quakes.

“I told him I told our family I’m ready to come back to Kansas so,” said Stacy.

And I think she’s not the only Hammer wanting to eventually return home.

“Hi poppa, hi grandma,” said Keaton Hammer.

There are reports that a major after shock will happen tonight or later this week, so they are thankful but are trying to stay alert because they don’t know what’s still to come.

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