We continue to live through aftershocks (the latest one being this morning about 7:00 AM 4.6 magnitude, and three more after that near 4 in magnitude. Some people are suffering from PTSD due to the continued quaking. Some schools are not yet reopened, and some businesses are still not fully operational. Some schools may not be open at all this year and will have to find substitute buildings for classes.
When you consider the magnitude of this quake, 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.
There are parishioners who lost many personal items in their homes. Dinnerware, glasses, keepsakes, bowls, and photos were broken or smashed during the tremor as well as some minor appliances. St Innocent Cathedral has sustained damage to the Iconostas and some Icons that were mounted on the walls, along with plaster cracking throughout the building. In most cases the losses are not sufficient for a major insurance claim, with deductibles at a threshold that may not be met in the damages. [If anyone wants to contribute to aide our faithful in purchasing these items, I would suggest they send it directly to the Diocese Chancery and we can distribute the funds on an as-needed basis.]
2018 Diocesan Assembly Awards
2018 All American Council Diocesan Video