Anchorage rocked by powerful earthquake, tsunami warning issued

Published December 1, 2018, 9:17 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Agence France-Presse

A powerful earthquake rocked Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, causing damage to homes and businesses and triggering a tsunami warning.

Damage from an earthquake is seen on the Glenn Highway southbound lanes between Eklutna and Mirror Lake, in Alaska, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. A 7.0 magnitude temblor hit on Friday morning. DOT project engineer Rod Cummings said the inbound lanes of the highway will be closed for several days, but the highway is open and inbound traffic will be routed around the area until crews can repair the damage. (Matt Tunseth/Anchorage Daily News via AP/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Damage from an earthquake is seen on the Glenn Highway southbound lanes between Eklutna and Mirror Lake, in Alaska, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. A 7.0 magnitude temblor hit on Friday morning. DOT project engineer Rod Cummings said the inbound lanes of the highway will be closed for several days, but the highway is open and inbound traffic will be routed around the area until crews can repair the damage. (Matt Tunseth/Anchorage Daily News via AP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake was located about eight miles (13 kilometers) north of Anchorage and struck at 8:29 am local time (1729 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

Residents of Anchorage, the largest city in the state, posted pictures and videos to Twitter of damage to their homes and shops.

The quake and several aftershocks shattered windows, toppled groceries from store shelves, and knocked out power to many residents.

A tsunami warning was issued for the Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected, and there was no threat to Hawaii.

“Everyone just sprinted out of the coffee shop I was at in Anchorage in the middle of a huge earthquake,” Nat Herz, a reporter with Alaska’s Energy Desk, posted on Twitter.

“Car alarms going off, etc. But not seeing any serious damage here aside from random stuff falling over. People going back to computers, meetings,” Herz said.

The Anchorage Daily News said the quake caused damage at the newspaper, cracking walls and damaging ceiling panels.

The University of Alaska said it was closing for the day.

“All non-essential personnel should go home,” it said in a tweet.

Anchorage airport temporarily halted incoming and outgoing flights after the air control tower was evacuated.

A video posted to Twitter showed big crevices in a road leading to the airport and a stranded car.

 
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