Quake in Alaska shuts down major Oil Pipeline
filed under Dept. “Nature fights back”..
World Industry News A major earthquake struck central Alaska yesterday afternoon shutting down the Alyeska Pipeline and ripping giant cracks across the terrain. The 7.9 tremor was centered about 90 miles south of Fairbanks but was felt in Anchorage, 270 miles south.
The pipeline was hit in numerous locations by the quake, damaging its vertical support structures and triggering an alarm that caused its operator, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, to shut down the pipeline. The pipeline itself was not damaged appreciably and there was no oil spill, but several H-frames that hold the pipeline above the ground were affected, as were connecting shoes, which Left the pipeline suspended in several long segments without support.