Two huge earthquakes have struck Alaska buckling roads


Earlier on Friday, a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster hit southern Alaska about 10 miles north of Anchorage.

There's a good reason for that. "So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the natural disaster".

The initial quake produced strong shaking within a 30-mile (50 km) radius of its epicenter, with ground movement felt as far away as Fairbanks, 250 miles to the north as the crow flies, and Kodiak, roughly the same distance to the south, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

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Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll told the Associated Press that parts of a scenic highway that heads from Anchorage toward mountains and glaciers have sunken and "completely disappeared" and that the Glenn Highway damage was so significant that it will probably "take a long time to fix".

"California probably gets more media attention than Alaska due mainly to the population factor", Baldwin said.

"The bottom line on the utility structure is that the power is up, the heat is on, the communication lines are opening", said Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey. But he's "really glad" they were in place as he only had minor water damage at his home.

Walker was in one of the building's elevators at the time of the quake.

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The 7.0 magnitude quake struck just outside of Anchorage, Alaska Friday; prompting U.S. officials to issue a tsunami warning for specific parts of the region and urged residents to head inland.

As the quake hit, people ran out of buildings or sought shelter under office desks. Then came a series of smaller quakes.

The National Weather Service Seattle tweeted a tsunami warning is in effect for Cook Inlet, but it is not expected to affect Washington or B.C. And while no injuries were immediately reported, city and state officials are still assessing the damage. "But we know that a tragedy of this magnitude is going to require outside resources", she said.

Aftershocks Saturday continued to fray nerves. "I kept waking up".

The magnitude-7.0 quake sent residents scurrying for cover when it hit about 8:30 a.m. Friday local time 10 miles northeast of Anchorage. A driver attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road was not injured when the ramp sank.

A 7.0 natural disaster struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday (November 30) morning, which crumbled roads, damaged buildings, and sent residents running for cover. The largest aftershock registered as a magnitude 4.5, about 8.5 miles SSW of Big Lake at a depth of 29 miles.

The aftershocks should be weaker and less frequent in the coming days, but officials couldn't say for sure when they'll stop.

The hope is that the Shake Alert early warning system in place in Washington will assist in some way, providing people with up to a minute's warning before an impending quake.

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