Major quake rocks Anchorage prompting tsunami warning

01 December, 2018, 20:27 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • The KTVA-TV newsroom in Anchorage

Chugach Electric tweeted that 21,000 customers were without power on Friday afternoon, and reports of traffic lights gone dark came through as residents headed home to assess the damage.

Here's where Alaskans should go to get more information.

On "Outnumbered Overtime", Harris Faulkner spoke to an Alaska man who witnessed the 7.0 magnitude quake that rocked the state on Friday. He was in an elevator in a high-rise Anchorage office building and said it was a "rough ride" coming down.

"It shook like I have never felt anything shake before", she said. Inside, a cleaning crew was picking up pots of poinsettias and toppled Christmas trees.

Similar scenes were playing out across Anchorage.

Peterson was in a multistory building in downtown Anchorage as the structure swayed and coffee mugs fell from tables and tiles from the ceiling.

A former Deltona resident now living in Alaska sent us a photo of a buckled road in Anchorage, at Minnesota Drive and International Airport Road. Scaggs clutched a bottle of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, while Fullwood snuggled her cat.

"I grabbed the essentials", Scaggs said.

The Anchorage Police Department issued an updated list of known outages and detours, including the Glenn and New Seward Highways.

The Federal Aviation Administration implemented a ground stop for flights into Ted Stevens Airport.

Southern Alaska experienced the second largest quake ever recorded in 1964, which had a magnitude of 9.2.

"It was terrifying", Shea said.

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But, Baldwin said, while the whole of the contiguous United States saw about 70 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or above in 2017, the eastern half of the Aleutian Arc and Alaska saw 192 of the same size.

When it was over, Sadie said, there was only one thing she could do: "I started crying".

Pacific time, centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage. All of the office's duties were handed over to the Fairbanks office, and the meteorologists and staff evacuated.

"The impact is very real, the impact is very hard, and it will require apparently a great deal of recovery and effort,"' United States Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski said.

Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin provided an update on her Facebook page Friday, following a high-magnitude quake. Harper ran to the exit with other patrons there. The shaking damaged a few chimneys in Roxbury, Ebel said.

Capp says he's lived in Anchorage eight years and that Tuesday's quake was the worst he had experienced.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates a low probability of fatalities from the quake. Still, it says there could be $100 million to $1 billion in damage. Consult the National Tsunami Warning Center for details.

One of the fastest-moving underwater tectonic faults in the world is in southeastern Alaska, according to the USGS. The warning means tsunami waves are expected. The center then revises the warnings based on measurements and location.

Alaska was the site of the most powerful natural disaster ever recorded in the U.S. The 9.2-magnitude quake on March 27, 1964, was centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage.

He estimated that the continual shaking lasted for more than a minute, and there have been "some pretty major" aftershocks.

There were no reports of fatalities or injuries so far.



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