Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Massive quake rocks Alaska, severe damage reported in Anchorage

Massive quake rocks Alaska, severe damage reported in Anchorage

Map of magnitude 7.0 natural disaster that struck Alaska on November 30, 2018.

"Because we don't have a big historic catalog of big earthquakes in the Puget Sound area, we have a lot of old, unsafe buildings that have not been retrofit and strengthened yet", Steele said. "I mean, we have magnitude fives, sixes - we deal with earthquakes all the time, and this was the strongest I've ever felt, and the most terrifying of my life".

Alaska Airlines has temporarily suspended its flight operations until at least 12:30 pm local time.

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin asked her Twitter followers to pray for the state, saying her home was damaged in the quake.

Witnesses say the initial quake lasted about 30 to 45 seconds.

"I've never seen a group of 32 students move that fast; they shot under the desks", said Ruhlin.

RAW VIDEO Damage from the earthquake shared on social media sites
RAW VIDEO Damage from the earthquake shared

Sporting events were called off for the weekend, and Anchorage public schools were to remain closed until Wednesday to allow for safety inspections.

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami.

Photographs showed damage at Anchorage High School, cereal boxes littering the floor of a grocery store. The temblor had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake apparently stemmed from an unnamed fault 27 miles (43 km) deep inside a portion of the Earth's crust known as the Pacific Plate, where it bends underneath the North American Plate, USGS geophysicist Brian Kilgore told Reuters. Estimated economic losses are most likely between $100 million and $1 billion, which is an "orange alert", according to the survey's algorithms.

Municipal Light & Power warned of possible downed power lines and said it was seeking to restore electricity to affected customers. Many homes and buildings have been affected by the magnitude 7.0 tremor.

This article was written by Mark Berman and Angela Fritz, reporters for The Washington Post.

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