Major 7.0 natural disaster hits Alaska; tsunami warning lifted

Geraldine Edwards
December 2, 2018

"I wasn't afraid of the house falling or anything, I was like 'Okay what's gonna happen next?'"

"It was nuts, it was insane".

One off-ramp collapsed near the airport while a GMC sport utility vehicle was driving on it, and afterward the vehicle sat trapped on an island of asphalt.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 8:29 a.m. Alaska time (9:29 a.m. PT) and was centered 8 miles north of Anchorage.

People ran from their offices and into the streets or took cover under desks as the ground shook for about 30 seconds.

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According to the United States Geological Survey's website, the area has experienced several aftershock quakes, including one with a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter Scale.

Slaton just moved to Kenai, Alaska with his wife from Arizona and had never felt an natural disaster before the 7.0 magnitude temblor hit on Friday morning.

"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.

One of the top seismologists in the USA says residents near Anchorage should expect aftershocks following the 7.0 magnitude quake that struck near that city early Friday. Because there were none, they canceled the warning within about an hour and a half.

A tow truck holds a auto that was pulled from on an off-ramp that collapsed during a morning quake on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Harper ran to the exit with other patrons there.

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Police officers were dispatched across the region to handle "multiple situations", the department said, although it did not elaborate beyond saying it was working with the school district to check on children there.

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

Slaton says: "It was anarchy". A tsunami warning that had been issued for the island community of Kodiak has been canceled. There's no pictures left on the walls, there's no power, there's no fish tank left. "Everything that's not tied down broke". It's terrifying to watch. the terror easily lasts over a minute long. "But then it really got going, and I thought, 'wow, this feels. this feels like the big one".

Another lawyer, Hank Graper, was driving when the quake struck.

The reason Alaska sees so many earthquakes is because the 49th state sits over a major fault line between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.

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