Source: Orthodox Church in America
Anchorage, Alaska, December 8, 2018
As recovery efforts continue after the back-to-back earthquakes that rocked Alaska on Friday, November 30, 2018, His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska reported that faithful across Alaska “continue to live through thousands of aftershocks, some of which reached a 4.6 magnitude.
“Only now are we seeing the extent to which the quakes disrupted life in the Anchorage region and beyond,” he added. “When one considers the magnitude of these quakes and the possibility of a tsunami, we can clearly see how our prayers to the Alaskan saints—Herman, Juvenaly and his companion, Peter the Aleut, Yakov, Innocent, Tikhon and Matushka Olga—were at work in helping to save so many lives from destruction. We remain vigilant and in prayer so that our Good Lord, the Holy Virgin Mary and all the saints will continue to protect and guide us.”
Bishop David said that while there were no known deaths as a result of the disaster, many parishioners had lost personal items and experienced damage to their homes, adding that Anchorage’s Saint Innocent Cathedral also had sustained damage, albeit minor.
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