Eastern Ky. woman in Alaska describes near-'constant shaking' from aftershocks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Friday's magnitude 7.0 earthquake left behind a lot of damage all over Alaska, but even days later Brittney Ellis says it is hard to get back to normal when aftershocks keep shaking things up there.

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"It's literally constant shaking," Ellis said.

Alaskan officials say more than 2,100 aftershocks have shaken the state since the big earthquake hit, although many of them were imperceptible to humans.

The strongest aftershock, a magnitude 5.7 just three miles north of Anchorage, struck six minutes after the mainshock, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. A magnitude 4.6 struck on Tuesday morning, reports KTUU-TV, WKYT's sister station in Anchorage.

Officials have said the aftershocks could continue for months.

Ellis, who lives in Johnson County but is in Alaska right now for work, says the aftershocks she has felt have come at all times of the day and night, sometimes just minutes apart from another, some of them very short, some not so short. She and others have taken steps to minimize the damage from the aftershocks.

"We've taken glass bottles down, we've taken dishes out of the cabinets, we've got the TV sitting - it's definitely more stable now than it was," Ellis said.

On top of the aftershocks, Ellis said they are also dealing with lots of ice and some snow from winter storms that have hit the region in recent days. People from Alaska may be used to all that, but Ellis said she's ready to get back home to Kentucky.

"Yeah. I'm ready," she told WKYT's Garrett Wymer via video chat on Facebook Messenger. "Definitely.

"I'm going to miss this place - it's a beautiful, beautiful place, and I'm a winter girl, I love the weather. But with all the stress that comes with it - I'm ready to come home," she said. "I like my little town."

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