Alaska earthquake: A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake

Alaska earthquake: A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake

A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska, people run from buildings and prompting a tsunami alert for coastal areas of the state.

The quake was centered about 11km north of Anchorage, where around 300,000 people live and 100,000 people in the surrounding area.

The earthquake was reported at 08.29 local time (17.29 GMT), the USGS added. One of the more powerful aftershocks that followed minutes later had a magnitude of 5.7.

Pictures posted to social media sites showed damage that included collapsed ceiling tiles at an Anchorage high school and buckled roadway pavement in places.

The Anchorage Police Department said they were operational after Friday’s “massive earthquake”. They said there is major infrastructure damage. Many homes and buildings are damaged, they said. Many roads and bridges are closed.

Around 10,000 residents are currently without power, officials are encouraging people to use social media and text messages to contact loved ones as phone lines may be overwhelmed.

“Stay off phone lines if you possibly can, we need phone lines open,” said Anchorage Fire Department Chief Jodie Hettrick. “Keep an eye on each other, check on your neighbours – especially if they are elderly or disabled.”

Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker has issued a declaration of disaster.

The President United State Donald Trump also said:

Alaska had been “hit hard by a ‘big one'” and the federal government would “spare no expense” in its response to the earthquake.

 

 

Earthquakes are common in Alaska, which is part of the Ring of Fire region – a string of volcanoes, earthquake sites and tectonic plates around the Pacific stretching from South America to New Zealand.

Most of Alaska’s quakes take place deep beneath the earth or far out at sea and do not cause major issues.

 

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