6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks Anchorage, tsunami warning issued for southern Alaska

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A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage and caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake Friday morning was centred about 12 kilometres north of Alaska’s largest city. 

The USGS initially said it was a 6.7 magnitude quake but reduced it to 6.6.

The National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for coastal zones of southern Alaska following an earthquake that rocked buildings in downtown Anchorage.

The centre said Friday that the warning was in effect for parts of the state’s Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai peninsula.

The warning means tsunami waves are expected.

People went back inside buildings after the earthquake, but a smaller aftershock a short time later sent them running back into the streets again.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a two-storey building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were injuries.

Anchorage lawyer Justin Capp says he was getting ready for work when he felt the shaking start. He grabbed on to the doorframe in the hallway and the door slammed into his hands, scraping his fingers and hand.

Another lawyer, Hank Graper, was driving when the quake struck. He first thought his vehicle had a flat tire, then thought it was exploding. He realized it was an earthquake after he saw traffic poles swaying.

Graper called it the most « violent » earthquake he’s experience in his 20 years in Anchorage.

The National Weather Service Seattle tweeted a tsunami warning is in effect for Cook Inlet, but it is not expected to affect Washington or B.C.

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Another blast from American Iron & Metal rocks part of Saint John

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People living on the lower west side of Saint John were shaken by another blast from the American Iron and Metal scrap yard this morning. 

The blast occurred Saturday morning at the metal recycler’s harbour location.

The Saint John site manager for AIM, Kevin Hughes, declined to be interviewed, but said they were still working and that there’s no risk to the public.

CBC News requested an interview with someone from AIM, but hasn’t received a response.

In a post to the City of Saint John’s Facebook Page, the Saint John Emergency Measures Organization said they were aware of the situation.

« The A.I.M. Facility on the City’s lower west side notified the Saint John Fire Department of a loud, contained explosion that occurred in their shredder around 11:20 a.m. this morning, » said Saint John EMO.

« An emergency response from the City was not required. »

Saint John mayor Don Darling has also commented on what he calls a « large explosion » on his Twitter feed.

« We remain committed to finding solutions to this unacceptable situation, » said Darling.

Ongoing blasts at the site have raised concerns among local residents.

Records from New Brunswick’s Department of Environment and Local Government show that between June 1, 2017, and September 2018, there were 36 blasts — small and large — at the waterfront site.

Ongoing issues

Raven Blue, a local resident and organizer of an upcoming meeting to discuss community concerns about the metal recycler, was out of town and didn’t hear the most recent blasts.

But he said anyone who did should report what they saw and heard to the Department of Environment. 

He said there have been ongoing issues at the scrap yard for several years. 

While residents are discomforted by the blasts, he said they have become less frequent in recent months.

In his view there are more pressing health concerns such as the possibility of heavy metal contamination in the air and soil. 

« The air quality [issue] is the most important because it impacts public health on a long term basis, » said Blue.

Blue also cites the noise generated at the site, separate from occasional blasts.

« When a ship comes to load the material, noise continues for 24 hours up to five or six days a week, » said Blue.

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‘I just want to make people smile:’ Artist hides painted rocks around South Okanagan – Okanagan

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Kat L’Herault paints rocks, a hobby that started over a year ago and has since become a passion.

When a friend suggested she do something special with the rocks, L’Herault decided to do just that.

Working off similar community initiatives like Lacombe Rocks and Rammyrocks, L’Herault created O Rocks.

Just like a treasure hunt, the idea involves hiding painted rocks all across Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls.

Those who find the rocks are asked to take a picture, post it on the O Rocks facebook page, and re-hide them — unless they love their treasure, in which case they are welcome to keep them.


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“Many of these rocks get taken home. I have been messaged by people in Vancouver and Calgary,” L’Herault said. “As long as it’s pocketed it makes me feel good. If I drive by and the rock is gone, somebody’s got it.”

L’Herault has hidden more than 100 rocks so far and will continue to do so over the fall.

“I find a picture on my phone and I just try to copy it and paint it on my rock. I’ve done everything from pickles to beach scenes, quotes and sayings, flowers and boats,” L’Herault said.

The artist is encouraging others to get creative and paint their own rocks and hide them. From students to seniors, she says everyone can benefit from the therapeutic benefits of creating art.

To make your own painted rocks, L’Herault says all that is needed are some free rocks found by a riverbed as well as some cheap acrylic paints from the dollar store and brushes.

“I’m not selling them.” L’Herault said. “I just want to make people smile.”

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