Power outage

Posted by  $  SarahMontalbano 3 years, 1 month ago to News
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Up here in the wilds of Alaska, our power went out due to the high wind gusts, which are still going. Our generator went on quickly and the outage didn't last more than 2 hours. However, my mother owns a veterinary clinic, and the generator there didn't start... She called a handyman who had to jump it with his car. He had to go into their neighbor's yard, since it's on the backside of the building. (The manufacturer of their generator went out of business several months ago.)
Just a fiasco. Thank goodness it worked out.
Is anyone in the Gulch experiencing flooding or other natural disasters?


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  • Posted by bsmith51 3 years, 1 month ago
    Natural disasters could be a good way to solve many problems. Perhaps we should re-settle all the coastal inhabitants inland from Eureka, CA to Cape Flattery, WA, give that land to illegals and those demanding social justice, then patiently wait for the overdue rupture of the Cascadia Fault and its resultant 9+ quake and tsunami. Social justice meted out and problem fixed.
    Am I kidding?
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    • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
      Just remember one day everything east of the Cascades will fall into the Atlantic Ocean. Beach front property Klamath Falls to Susanville and glass bottom boat tours of Denver in the Rocky Islands.
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    • Posted by  $  blarman 3 years, 1 month ago
      Actually, the Emergency Response group I'm with is planning for a joint drill next summer called "Cascadia Rising" which is all about a rupture on that fault and a resulting 10.0+ earthquake. I'd recommend everyone go look it up, as it is overdue and the most recent occurrence was only about 200 years ago, but it wiped out nearly everything in the Pacific Northwest and most of the coastline even down to California. The tsunami-induced surge which traveled up the Columbia wiped out everything along that river until it hit the Rockies.
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      • Posted by bsmith51 3 years, 1 month ago
        All the way to the Rockies is a big stretch. The Columbia River basin and much of eastern Washington was repeatedly scoured out by the Missoula floods at the end of the last ice age.
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        • Posted by  $  blarman 3 years, 1 month ago
          Yes, which is why they are so concerned about it. The estimated tsunami height of the last event was over 100' high. Lewis and Clarke wrote about the state of the aborigines (Native Americans) east and west of the Rockies, noting that those west of the Rockies (on the tsunami side) were substantially less developed with far fewer permanent dwellings than those on the eastern side of the mountains. Here's some more information on the event:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadi...
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          • Posted by  $  nickursis 3 years, 1 month ago
            blarman, having lived in either Bangor Wa or Falls City OR for the last 35 years or so, I remember when the Prof who decoded all this first proposed the Cascadia earthquake. He was ridiculed and told that the Indian legends and Japanese records were all just stories, and it wasn't until he actually got the records of the 3 big quakes of 1700 that everyone went "huh?". Go to Port Townsend Wa and see the cliff there, the ground sank 200' in seconds, creating the cliff. Lake Washington still is populated with trees from the time it was above water. The biggest issue today is no one really knows which section will start the zipper, so it is hard to actually find some good way to monitor it. CA has so many monitors on it, they know if a flea fart happens on a fault, pretty much here it takes a lion roar. PBS did a show on the guy about 10 years ago when he was first getting some professional respect, and he goes through his whole process of discovery. Quite a bright guy.
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  • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
    Hey DB! That one skipped us again. I'm guessing our turns coming on the other side. Greetings "Sarah I live across the pond form DB and K. So..hurricanes are a part of life. But it was worse in Florida.

    Life has these little surprises where ever you live. BUT there are bright spots. Like my newly arrived from California neighbors who were prepared for the huge snowstorm. He had installed wood heat? Pellet stove? The feed auger ran on electricity? Kinda makes you smile at the justice of it all. The question marks meaning I'm speaking in Californian? They talk that way.
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    • Posted by  $  3 years, 1 month ago
      Really? That's very amusing. I've never met a native Californian.
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      • Posted by Abaco 3 years, 1 month ago
        Here's one. We're pretty weird.

        I'm here for the beaches and mountains. Pretty nice combo. The State of Jefferson is nice too. Want to know a real accomplishment? Actually being able to afford living here while not being on the dole...
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      • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
        Count your blessings. Most have moved to Oregon Washington, Idaho, Arizona for further. Oregon's only real industry other than exporting pot and high school seniors is bedroom retirement community for California. Those folks pay their retirement income tax to California deduct it from their Oregon income tax and end up paying nothing to live in Oregon. Well when it was worth living there. Then there was the deluge that landed for the free medical program and before that the no questions asked food stamps. 70% of the state is government owned. I thought the USA should offer all that land to the Chinese as collateral. - along with everything in the south west corner. San Diego LA etc.
        China refused and said they'd rather take an economic bath on US T bills. Oregon had too many debts and California had too many debts plus who could pay the water bill for LA County?

        No stuff it really happened that way?
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  • Posted by dbhalling 3 years, 1 month ago
    Hi,

    Not now, but we did without electricity for 13 days after hurricane Odile
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    • Posted by  $  3 years, 1 month ago
      Alaska is looking pretty tame compared to that! How did you manage?
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      • Posted by dbhalling 3 years, 1 month ago
        We cooked at a friend's house who had a generator (power for the computers) and internet. We also drank at the bar for the same reason and I came up with a "Hank Rangar" solution to get some internet at home.

        It was a different problem everyday, would there be water today, would the cell phones work (did the first day but not again for 5 or 6 days, would the ATM work (not for 10 days - we were the first one to use it and then there was a long line within 15 minutes), would there be beer - the beer truck did not come for a week or so, would there be gasoline? Heat and boredom and bad information were the big problems.

        When the power came on again I said that day from now on will be Thomas Edison day.

        We stayed because people thought based on the last big hurricane we might be without power for 4 to 5 days. Next time we will drive out of the area.
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        • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
          Drive North... There's this little town called Tecate. Lots of guapas with lots of cerveza...Tell them Miguelito Ratoncito-Gonalez primo de Speedy sent you. The rest sound bearable. Getting any rain yet?
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          • Posted by dbhalling 3 years, 1 month ago
            We got held up by the police there and other people have also, so we have generally not wanted to avoid that town. We might hang out in the wine country if we had to go that far north.
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            • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
              I figured they had the beer. Hollister California of the no one knows why T shirt fame had a winery Gold something or another that made some fantastich Pomegranate. I had to laugh at the tshirts...there's nothing there but a few wineries and artichokes.
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      • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
        Alaska can get pretty untamed with a little help. The Major earthquake in the 60's

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        1964 Alaska earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Al...

        The 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and ... resulting in the deaths of 30 people between the collapse of the Valdez city ... 68 people who lived there; survivors out-ran the wave, climbing to high ground. .... Twelve people were killed by the tsunami in or near Crescent City, California, ...

        The earthquake caused the high walls of a very narrow canon to collapse into the water below as I recall. the water burst out like a fire hose knocked out a lot of the Valdez area and the earthquake continued to reinforce. This power pushed south into southern oregon and northern california waxing Brookings/Harbor just north of the stateline and Crescent City to the south. That gave the water motive force. When it neared the proper demersal topography a sloping shelving coast line the water builds higher and higher. The most damage was not the initial wave going ashore but reversing itself and heading back to the ocean. Only to be caught up by the follow on.in what we military types would call force multiplier. Going south to Mendocino county the Mendocino ridge runs into the and out to sea for around a hundred miles in gradually increasing depths. Water coming down the coast and closer in shore is caught and diverted towards land. Same thing. shelving builds waves and fuels their height and speed. All because some canyon wall in Alaska decided to go walkabout. In the eastern Atlantic there is one particular island. here's a link and partial description. ed by ..... A tsunami ball simulation. Ital.
        Scientists Warn Of Massive Tidal Wave From Canary Island ...
        rense.com/general13/tidal.htm
        Science Editor ... Britain, say scientists who have analysed the effects of a future volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands. ... the Isle of Man would break away from the island of La Palma and smash into the Atlantic Ocean to cause a ." mega tsunami. Various estimate models shoe theastern seaboard of the USA might cease to exist. It's the stuff of Disaster movies in real life. Not to worry the west coast of the USA is one huge fault line system from Vancouver island to the Sea of Cortez. Let's hope they all stay ....friendly.
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        • Posted by  $  3 years, 1 month ago
          We haven't had a large earthquake recently, but we're probably overdue. The 1964 caused most of Old Valdez to be destroyed. They moved the city afterward to its present location, I believe. The earthquake didn't do as much damage as the resultant tsunamis and aftershocks. I wasn't born when that happened, so most of what I've heard is secondhand.
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 3 years, 1 month ago
    We always say rural Ohio is like living on a ranch, something is always flooding or power going out. This time it rained for days, the Miami River overflowed, flooding the East end of town. The neighbors tie into a tile which goes to our creek. The tile filled and overflowed flooding our driveway. Then the blowing wind blew the rain into the night light, taking it down and the Christmas lights when the ground fault breaker cut out. Finally, the rain was so constant, the temp. at 32, and the cold air exhaust from the heat pump resulted in the top grate freezing completely over, and we had to switch to strip heat. All in a day at the ranch.
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  • Posted by  $  dukem 3 years, 1 month ago
    Don't forget Oregon's eco-freak governor and his girlfriend who were shown the door after the crony capitalism eco-scandal. Where I live, in central Oregon, we are flooded with Californians who are fleeing California, only to demand locally what they fled in California. I know how that works, because I did just that 12 years ago before awakening.
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    • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
      We called that Californicating what they have done to other states.
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      • Posted by  $  3 years, 1 month ago
        I love that word- I have a college friend at Caltech that's going to get a kick out of that.
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        • Posted by bsmith51 3 years, 1 month ago
          "Don't Californicate Oregon" was a prevalent bumper sticker in the late '60s and '70s. The "Oregonians" who hate California the most are transplants from there.
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        • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 3 years, 1 month ago
          At one point we had fake highway signs which didn't stay up long as you crossed the border from California. Don't Californicate (State Name), We shot every third Californian There are two ahead of you. When they went fully multilingual we would enter California and present our passports. Oregon before they became fully californicated had signs Keep Oregon Green Spend you money and leave....

          Happy New Year May 2016 be Californian Free...and all those states back east by Europe.
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