Magnitude 7.0 quake strikes Alaska, tsunami warning cancelled

Arturo Kim
December 3, 2018

But the natural disaster that hit Anchorage on Friday got everyone's attention.

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The Anchorage Police Department said they were operational after Friday's "massive earthquake".

Dozens of small aftershocks were recorded, and a number could be felt across the region.

A tsunami warning was issued by one agency for the coastal areas of southern Alaska, including Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula.

President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency, ordering U.S. government assistance in the quake response and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, the White House said.

"This is the second largest natural disaster we've had since 1964, which was a very significant natural disaster", Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told reporters on Saturday, referring a historic magnitude-9.2 quake that was the most powerful recorded temblor in United States history.

"It was very loud when it came", said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.

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Cracks could be seen in a two-story downtown Anchorage building, and photographs posted to social media showed fractured roads and collapsed ceiling tiles at an Anchorage high school. CNN reports that attorneys in the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage resorted to hiding under their desks until the seismic showed signs of letting up.

Gov. Bill Walker said sometimes people, including himself, grouse about stringent building codes.

"The most striking thing about this event was that it was so close to Anchorage", Hayes said.

Alaska is shaken by hundreds of earthquakes each year, and many are hardly noticed.

The 7.0 magnitude quake struck about 8 miles north of Anchorage, a city of 300,000 residents accounting for about 40 per cent of Alaska's population.

"One of those earthquakes, a magnitude 7.8 quake near Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958, triggered a landslide that sent water 1,720 feet up an adjacent mountainside, one of the highest recorded run-ups of a tsunami", the USGS says. Their building suffered only minor damage, but he says others were much worse.

Blair Braverman said she was staying in a hotel with her husband when the quake hit.

David Harper was getting some coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded "like the building was just going to fall apart". The quake, which lasted about 4 1/2 minutes, and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

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