Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Anchorage; Tsunami Alert Issued for Part of Alaska

Geneva Stokes
December 1, 2018

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. (1230 EST/1730 GMT).

When the shaking stopped, the worries began. A second quake measuring 5.8 hit moments later.

The FAA said the tower at Ted Stevens was evacuated at one point.

Luckily though, Henry wasn't alone.

"It was the scariest thing I ever witnessed and I'm still scared", said Bettis. "And yet in the classrooms, the teachers were teaching, the students were taking notes".

"We lost most of the things in the kitchen and the cupboards- ended up on the floor", said Rolston.

The composure and tranquility of everyone at the Catholic high school, Ward said, was a testament to its quality of education. The quake was centered just seven miles northwest of downtown Anchorage, the state's largest city, and was followed by numerous aftershocks. "So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the quake", she said on her verified Twitter account. "Everybody's just waiting around because it feels like it's not done yet".

"It did stop. That was good".

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Roads and bridges appeared to have been hardest hit, but Anchorage was otherwise mostly spared from major structural damage, authorities said. "Right now the highways in and out of Anchorage, with the exception of one going up north, are cut off and that's a big problem for us". "We're anxious about breaks in gas lines". The temblor had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Palin updated her followers that she and her family were safe but their home was damaged.

The preliminary magnitude is 7.0 and the warning means there's a chance for "significant inundation is expected or occurring ...and widespread risky coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival". "A lot of Minnesotans up here, and the Minnesota Nice has extended up here". Egan said she wasn't aware of any damage to the line, which transported 530,000 barrels on Thursday and has the capacity to move 2 million barrels a day. "People going back to computers, meetings", he added.

"It was pretty terrifying", said Stoudt.

Friday's quake occurred on the fault line between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, the USGS said. The state is located along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and joins the Pacific and North American plates.

Officials briefly issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska.

Residents of Kodiak Island, 321 kilometres south of Alaska, have been told to go to high ground amid tsunami warnings after the quakes.

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