In a video released today, Alaska’s governor says he will request $9.9 million from the state to restore electricity to the state’s population centers, which will be most affected by the storm.
Governor Sean Parnell said in a statement that he will use the funds to restore electric services in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the towns in Alaska’s northwest.
“These communities are in danger,” Parnill said in the statement.
“The power system is failing, and we can’t allow it to continue to fail in the future.”
A total of 9,300 people were killed and nearly 200,000 were displaced by the earthquake in Alaska in April 2020, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 2018, an earthquake that killed nearly 100 people occurred near Fairbanks and caused a massive power outage that disrupted transportation and agriculture.
The U.N. agency that oversees the region, the International Civil Aviation Organization, said the quake that struck at 7:18 p.m. local time on April 6, 2020, was centered in the village of Fairbanks.