6 magnitude natural disaster rocks Anchorage, tsunami warning issued for southern Alaska

02 December, 2018, 23:09 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Tsunami Warning Issued After 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Near Anchorage, Alaska

Still, local officials said life was returning to normal even as four to eight inches of snow were expected on Sunday.

The earthquakes on Friday measured 7.0 and 5.7, leaving a trail of destruction as they shattered highways and rocked buildings in the state's largest city, Anchorage. In fact, it's the most seismically-active state in the U.S., experts say. "I would characterise this as a demonstration that Anchorage is prepared for these kind of emergencies".

There no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.

The Federal Highway Commission released the funds Saturday after it said it received a request from Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and the state transportation commissioner, Marc Luiken.

In fact, about one thousand earthquakes happen every month in Alaska but majority are so minor that they go unnoticed. "I just keep thinking about how long our house was shaking and about how many aftershocks there were and how it just keeps coming and coming and coming", said Flannery.

Slaton just moved to Kenai, Alaska with his wife from Arizona and had never felt an quake before the 7.0 magnitude temblor hit on Friday morning. The quake was centered 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, the state's largest city. "That's why it has caused the damage that we're seeing". In court, panicked attorneys scurried under tables as a room rocked from side to side.

The Anchorage Police Department said they were operational after Friday's "massive earthquake". One image showed a vehicle stranded on an island of pavement, surrounded by cavernous cracks where the natural disaster split the road.

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Palmer resident Kristin Dossett described the initial jolt as "absolutely terrifying". Johnson describes herself as a still and drone photographer, and posted this video to her Instagram account, which contains dozens of images of Alaska scenes and landscapes. One aftershock moved her piano a foot and half from the wall.

"Thankfully I pulled over when I did", he said.

"It just didn't stop". But once we realized we had to get under the desks and it kept going, people got scared. Helicopters and drones were assessing infrastructure across the region. Ceiling tiles and lights fell to the ground. CNN reports that attorneys in the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage resorted to hiding under their desks until the seismic showed signs of letting up.

The federal transportation department is releasing $5 million in emergency relief funds to help road and bridge repairs in Alaska following Friday's magnitude 7.0 natural disaster.

The largest quake in USA history occurred in Anchorage in 1964. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the natural disaster, ' she wrote. Schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su will remain closed until Wednesday so officials can assess the damage.

The Trans Alaska Pipeline that carries North Slope crude 800 miles (1,300 km) to the marine terminal at Valdez was shut down as a precaution, but no damage to the system was immediately detected, said a spokeswoman for the operator, Aleyska Pipeline Service Co.

Jonathan Lettow was waiting with his 5-year-old daughter and other children for a school bus near their home in Wasilla when the quake struck.

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