Major 7.0 quake hits Alaska; tsunami warning lifted

Arturo Kim
December 1, 2018

The National Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for coastal zones of southern Alaska that has since been canceled.

The Anchorage Police Department said there was "major infrastructure damage" across the city, which is home to more than 294,000 people.

The Anchorage School District canceled classes for Friday because of the natural disaster and for next Monday and Tuesday to assess facility damage.

The warning was lifted a short time later. "Anchorage has a population of around 300,000, while there are numerous large population centers in California".

There were initial concerns in Indian Country with specific regards to the Native Leaders and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials who were in Alaska for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Providers Conference.

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The Trans Alaska Pipeline, one of the longest crude oil pipelines in the world, was shut down as a precautionary measure so crews could inspect the system.

The major quake was not one that rolled slowly but was about five minutes of a strong and violent shaker. There's no pictures left on the walls, there's no power, there's no fish tank left.

Rush-hour traffic in Anchorage came to a standstill and jammed up heading out of town after the quake struck at around 8:30 a.m. local time (1230 EST/1730 GMT).

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Enstar Natural Gas company asked residents to beware of gas leaks while the main water company said there had been water main breaks.

The quake hit as students across Anchorage were on their way to school, about 30 minutes before classes would start.

Nerve-wracking aftershocks are still rocking the city.

Public schools and many businesses across Anchorage closed early, and an eerie quiet settled over the city's largely deserted streets by nightfall.

"That's when it hits real hard", Ward said.

Anchorage is located near the Denali fault. The pets are all still hiding for the most part. I imagine that's the case for many, many others.

Just in the last century alone, movement between the tectonic plates at the fault line has caused six earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater.

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