Alaska hit by powerful quake

Alaska hit by powerful quake

Holy A. Bell, books and ceiling tiles litter the floor at the The Mat-Su College library in Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30, 2018, after a 7.0 magnitude quake.

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KTVA's news team in Anchorage were among those badly shaken by an natural disaster on Friday with officials describing a magnitude 7.0 quake.

Strong aftershocks from Alaska's magnitude 7.0 quake continued Saturday around Anchorage, jolting people awake and pummeling already frayed nerves.

The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed about the quakes.

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 cracked highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city.

"It was very loud when it came", Berkowitz said Friday.

Anchorage suffered major infrastructure damage, police said in a Twitter message, with homes and buildings damaged, and many roads and bridges are closed.

Zoe Flannery
Zoe Flannery

Employees who live in communities north of Anchorage have been encouraged to see if they can take Monday off or work from home to reduce the number of cars on Glenn Highway as crews fix damage.

Classes were suspended at the University of Alaska at Anchorage (UAA) and at all schools in the district, some of whose students were evacuated and secured.

She said Saturday there were no obvious signs of damage and no operational impact on the pipeline.

"The natural disaster was strong enough to drop objects off the shelves and shake homes across the region", says Anchorage Daily News, the leading newspaper in Alaska. The airport also confirmed that roads to the airport have been damaged.

Anchorage, Alaska residents Al and Lyn Matthews stand beside one of several large structural cracks in their in their south Anchorage home following Friday morning's natural disaster.

Gov. Bill Walker said sometimes people, including himself, grouse about stringent building codes. "Anchorage has a population of around 300,000, while there are numerous large population centers in California".

David Harper was in a coffee shop when the quake began and said the sound intensified and sounded "like the building was just going to fall apart". It had lasted several minutes and caused a destructive tidal wave across the entire West Coast, totaling some 130 casualties.

"People who were outside were actively hugging each other", he said.

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