Alaska rocked by 7.0 quake

M. Lettow people walk along Vine Road after an earthquake Friday Nov. 30 2018 in Wasilla Alaska

A shattered road after 7.0 quake in Alaska Source Associated Press

The initial quake produced strong shaking within a 30-mile (50 km) radius of its epicenter, with ground movement felt as far away as Fairbanks, 250 miles to the north as the crow flies, and Kodiak, roughly the same distance to the south, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). "Because a magnitude 7.0 in a city like that, you know, it could have been significantly worse". "I'm not aware of large-scale building collapses, but I think it's safe to say there are thousands of homes and businesses and buildings that were damaged in some fashion, be it a deck that slid downhill, a cracked foundation, a gas line disconnected from the house".

The Federal Highway Commission released the funds Saturday after it said it received a request from Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and the state transportation commissioner, Marc Luiken.

The Glenn Highway received damage in several areas north of Anchorage.

Alaska Regional Hospital has canceled elective surgeries but remains open as staff their inspect for damage beyond water leaks.

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The Anchorage Daily News said the quake caused damage at the newspaper, cracking walls and mangling ceiling panels. Much of that highway was ripped apart in the quake, and motorists must detour around a damaged bridge, he said.

According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the quake hit about 10 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city. People ran from their offices or took cover under desks.

"These numbers can change by the minute, people can be expected to feel aftershocks for some time", Seismologist Randy Baldwin told CNN. Then came a series of smaller quakes. As of 9:59am AKST (December 1, 5:59am AEDT), the tsunami warning has been cancelled for Alaska. There were no reports of serious injuries. The event started at about 8:30 a.m., with multiple aftershocks following.

In the caption, she said: "This is what happened on the 6th floor of the Nesbett Courthouse during the Anchorage #earthquake".

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Still, hundreds of aftershocks frayed nerves Saturday as people anxious about being caught in more massive shakers. "All non-essential personnel should go home", it said in a tweet. "I kept waking up".

‎ Alaska was hit by a 9.2-magnitude natural disaster in March 1964, the strongest ever recorded in North ‎America. The overpass by global and Minnesota Drive has partially collapsed.

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 have rocked buildings and buckled roads in Anchorage, Alaska. More than a dozen were higher than magnitude 4 and a handful greater than magnitude 5, Falsey said.

The aftershocks should be weaker and less frequent in the coming days, but officials couldn't say for sure when they'll stop.

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"This is the second largest natural disaster we've had since 1964, which was a very significant natural disaster", Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told reporters Saturday, referring a historic magnitude-9.2 quake that was the most powerful recorded temblor in United States history. He also credited building codes for minimizing structure damage. "I imagine that's the case for many, many others".

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