Alaska earthquake

Updated: 12/2/2018 4:52:06 AM
Aftershocks from Friday’s powerful Alaskan earthquake continued to pound the area around Anchorage as workers strove to patch up buckled roads and residents began cleaning up damage around their homes and businesses. There were no reports of serious injuries.
“We are on the road to returning to normal,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said at a news conference on Saturday. He credited the region’s strict building codes with minimizing damage and preventing many injuries.
By Saturday, state transportation crews and contractors were already on scene to make closed roads usable as soon as possible, and the Anchorage School District said maintenance and recovery workers were assessing damage to school buildings to make sure they were safe, officials said.
The state late Saturday identified 47 earthquake-damaged roads and bridges, most of which cannot be fully repaired until the region’s dark and snowy winter has passed.
But even as cleanup began, as many as 650 aftershocks continued to rock the area, Alaska State Seismologist Mike West said in an interview.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 12/1/2018 10:55:26 AM
The State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are advising that an aftershock larger that the original earthquake could happen this afternoon.
A large section of an off-ramp near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking.
Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration. He was in an elevator in a high-rise Anchorage office building and said it was a “rough ride” coming down.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 12/1/2018 3:32:04 AM
The earthquake caused power outages, damage to roads and buildings, and closures of schools, businesses and government offices. The extent of the damage is not yet clear, and we are still waiting for word on whether there were any casualties.
Anchorage police are requesting that people keep their lines clear as much as possible and only call for legitimate emergencies.
Source: DORRIS

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings and warped streets in Anchorage Friday morning, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks. Police in Alaska's largest city said there was "major infrastructure damage."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake, initially measured as magnitude 6.7, then reduced to 6.6 before being upgraded to 7.0, was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage. It was followed six minutes later by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock.

The National Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for nearby coastal zones.

It was unclear whether there were injuries. Images and video posted online showed roads cracked or totally destroyed from the shaking. People can be seen taking cover amid the shaking and groceries dumped from store shelves.

"There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage," police said in a statement. "Many homes and buildings are damaged. Many roads and bridges are closed. Stay off the roads if you don’t need to drive. Seek a safe shelter. Check on your surroundings and loved ones."
Source: DORRIS

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Alaska earthquake Facts

Power: 7.2
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Orange
Category: Geo
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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