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Strong quake hits Southcentral: here's what we know

03 December, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Anchorage Alaska Friday

- NBC News (@NBCNews) November 30, 2018A 7.0 magnitude quake just occurred near Anchorage.

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Aerial photo shows damage on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after quake Friday. A 5.7 aftershock followed within minutes.

"I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong the ground itself shook during the natural disaster", he said during a question-and-answer session at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

The earthquakes on Friday measured 7.0 and 5.7, leaving a trail of destruction as they shattered highways and rocked buildings in the state's largest city, Anchorage.

"The fact that we went through something this significant with this minimal amount of damage says that we're a very well prepared community, that our building codes and our building professionals have done a terrific job", mayor Ethan Berkowitz said.

"Many houses and buildings are damaged, many roads and bridges are cut off, do not take the road if you can avoid it", the Anchorage police had recommended to the population, who has since announced the reopening of some main roads.

A seismic expert said Alaska and California use the most stringent standards to help buildings withstand earthquakes.

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‎ "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 news portal Alaska's Energy Desk, posted on Twitter.‎.

She said Saturday there were no obvious signs of damage and no operational impact on the pipeline.

There were no deaths reported from the quake and minimal damage to buildings.

"One of those earthquakes, a magnitude 7.8 natural disaster near Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958, triggered a landslide that sent water 1,720 feet up an adjacent mountainside, one of the highest recorded run-ups of a tsunami", the USGS says.

‎ A video posted to Twitter showed a buckled road on a highway exit ramp leading to the airport and a ‎stranded vehicle.‎. Workers there were in the process of unloading fuel from a tanker when the quake hit, Falsey said. Traffic piled up for miles as cars inched past damaged areas.

Alaska has recorded earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 7 to 8 at least once a year on average since 1900, according to the state government website.

Anchorage, Alaska residents Al and Lyn Matthews stand beside one of several large structural cracks in their in their south Anchorage home following Friday morning's quake.

The largest was magnitude 5.7, located in the city of Anchorage. The epicenter was 7 miles north of Anchorage, and shallow at 27 miles deep. The tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

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