Cracks from Nov. 30 earthquake have park users concerned about safety

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Damage from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that rocked Alaska on November 30, 2018 is still haunting Anchorage -- almost nine months later.

Anchorage Racing Lions President Jason Nunn points out a crack at Kincaid Park that formed after the m-7.1 earthquake on Nov. 30, 2018. (KTUU)

The earthquake opened fissures in the ground in two different areas in Anchorage: the embankment below the new Kincaid Race Track, and on the slope at Suzan Nightingale McKay Park on Government Hill.

Between the two cracks, Anchorage Parks and Recreation has asked for $1.6 million in FEMA mitigation funds to prevent future safety hazards from seismic activity. They say there's no immediate danger jeopardizing the structural integrity of the parks.

Anchorage Racing Lions, a local motocross racing club that uses the Kincaid track, has expressed concern over the crack at Kincaid. It's approximately three feet deep in some places, and concealed by thick grass.

"My concern is could it slide the rest the way off?" Anchorage Racing Lions President Jason Nunn said. "It's partially into our parking lot, so that could create an issue. It hasn't moved at all, there's grass growing around it, but it still kind of makes for an unsafe environment."

If FEMA provides the mitigation funds, Parks and Rec will hire a consultant to determine the design approach. Engineers recommend shrinking the slopes and bolstering the growth of woody vegetation to make them more stable.

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