Miami Valley native discusses Alaska earthquake experience

Anchorage, Alaska — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska forced families to evacuate their homes last night around 4:30 a.m. local time.

News Center 7’s Lauren Clark spoke with a Tipp City native who is now living in Anchorage and felt the effects of the quake in her home.

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“The bed started to move a little bit, and I looked over at my doorway and the door was swinging,” said Miami Valley native Katherine Krupa.

Krupa moved to Alaska three years ago with her husband Joe, who is a lieutenant colonel in the US Army from Centerville.

When my husband said, "Oh, we're going to Alaska, I just never thought about earthquakes,” Krupa said.

Krupa has since learned that earthquakes are a regular occurrence in Alaska, which is located in the active Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean.

The Krupas home was not damaged, but friends of theirs were forced to leave their home and seek higher ground after tsunami warnings.