Here in Alaska, we always get calls from concerned relatives when they hear about tsunami warnings, or earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions in Alaska. And if we had relatives in Delaware when a natural even such as those occurred, you can bet we’d be on the blower in a flat second to find out if they were alright.
But, here’s something to put all your Alaskan news into a little perspective. These maps pop up on Facebook every now and then, but I still find them fascinating. Even living here, you tend to lose perspective sometimes.
So, if Alaska were superimposed on the Lower 48 states, as in this image, then:
The Aleutian Islands end in San Francisco.
The pan handle ends in Jacksonville, Florida.
The state capital is in Georgia.
The University system is centered in Iowa.
The largest city is in Missouri.
The proposed Pebble Mine project is in Oklahoma.
Oil production happens in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Iditarod starts in Missouri, and ends in South Dakota.
The Shell Oil rig Kulluk is grounded near Tulsa.
The recent earthquake happened in Tennessee.
The Alaskan Yukon starts in Illinois and reaches the sea in Colorado.
And you can see Russia from Wyoming.