Tsunami Warning in Anchorage After Massive Earthquake
01 December, 2018, 20:28 | Author: Trevor Moore
A tsunami warning for coastal areas of Alaska's Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula was canceled after a magnitude 7.0 quake struck Friday, damaging roads and buildings and sending residents scurrying for cover, authorities said.
No injuries have been reported; however, photos began circling around social media of the damage.
"From the incident command center established at Joint Base Elmendorf and Richardson we are closely monitoring reports of aftershocks and assessing damage to roads, bridges and buildings", he added.
Several unconfirmed photos on Twitter showed major damage to roads around Anchorage, with buckled and broken asphalt. Thankfully, a tsunami warning that followed the quake has since been canceled.
Immediately following the shaking, the National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for the southern Alaska coastal area.
Police in Alaska's island community of Kodiak say residents are heeding advice to head to higher ground because of the tsunami warning.
"Everyone just sprinted out of the coffee shop I was at in Anchorage in the middle of a huge natural disaster", Nat Herz, a reporter with Alaska's Energy Desk, posted on Twitter.
The back-to-back earthquakes measured 7.0 and 5.8, rocking buildings and shattering roads.
A auto is stranded, trapped in between cracks after the 7.0 magnitude quake hit Anchorage in Alaska. He and many others ran outside, while others sheltered under desks in the conference room where the training was being held.
"It was anarchy", said one local man to AP of the quake. People were also left without power. "Everything that's not tied down is broke".
The quake had a depth of about 23.9 miles. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because of tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region.
The Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage was opened as a safe shelter for people unable to get home. It and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.
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