Dan Krause is originally from Union Lake, Michigan. He now lives in Wasilla, Alaska, around five miles away from the epicenter of Friday’s earthquake.
“It was pretty scary. It was a pretty significant shake,” said Krause.
Krause was home with his wife and two young boys when the earthquake hit.
“When it started shaking, it started shaking with some force like right away. So I got my boys downstairs and we ran to go outside, and everything outside was shaking. You could see the ground moving, the cars rocking back and forth, the trees just swaying violently in every direction,” said Krause.
Luckily his family is all right, which seems to be the case for other families in Alaska.
Only minor injuries have been reported at this time and no deaths.
For Krause, it’s quite the experience to have lived through, especially being raised in Michigan.
“I’ll take a tornado, at least you feel like you have a fighting chance at knowing it’s coming, but there’s literally nothing that warns you for this kind of thing,” said Krause.
7 Action News also spoke with Whitney Sauer, who was born in Mt. Clemens and graduated from Marysville High School.
Sauer is a school teacher who was grading papers before classes started for the day when the earthquake hit.
Although this is not the first time Sauer has lived through an earthquake, she still says it frightened her.
“The first one, it was only a couple of seconds. I kinda sat there. It was going longer, so I almost kinda had a little panic attack and then remembered we practiced that at school quite often, so then I had to get under a table,” said Sauer.
The school district for the Anchorage area says no students were hurt during the earthquake.