(.) – A 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred outside Anchorage, Alaska, at approximately 8:30 am local time. There is currently no tsunami hazard, and no destructive tsunami has been reported.
Alaska residents can experience aftershocks for years, a seismologist told ..
There are up to 10,000 people without power, according to Municipal Light and Power.
The White House announced that President Trump approved a disaster declaration for Alaska on Friday night after the great earthquake.
A tsunami warning was in effect for the Cook Inlet coastal areas and the southern Kenai peninsula in Alaska after an earthquake on Friday with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0, according to a bulletin from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Chaos scenes are seen in the media and on video, including students sheltering under desks while texting from their phones, cracked roads under passing cars, grocery store products falling from bookshelves, hospital workers struggling for cover, and scared lawyers under tables.
. affiliate KTUU went off the air due to the earthquake. News director Tracy Sabo told . that the station has received reports of items that have fallen off the shelves.
The United States Geological Survey has reported at least 30 aftershocks after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Alaska.
The largest, with a record of 5.8, was located in the city of Anchorage.
. affiliate KTVA reports multiple road closures and at least one report of an overpass that has possibly collapsed. Social media images also show cracks on the roads.
Power has been partially restored at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and planes are being allowed to land, Trudy Wassel, the airport’s Director of Business Development and Marketing, told ..
The air traffic control tower had to be evacuated shortly after the earthquake, and no aircraft landed during that time, according to Allen Kenitzer with the FAA Office of Communications.
The airport terminal also had to be evacuated, but people are being allowed in at this time, according to Wassel. Although power has been partially restored at the airport, some flights are being diverted to Fairbanks, Wassel says.
Earthquakes are common in Alaska
Earthquakes are common in this region, says the United States Geological Survey. During the past century, another 14 earthquakes of a magnitude of 6.0 or more occurred 150 km (93.2 miles) from the earthquake that occurred this morning near Anchorage.
Two of these earthquakes, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in July 1983 and a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in September 1983, appear similar to today’s earthquake.
They were at similar depths and caused damage in the Valdez region, east of Anchorage.
The largest earthquake to hit Alaska was a 9.2-magnitude giant in March 1964, an interconnected fault earthquake that shook several hundred kilometers between Anchorage and the Aleutian Trench, and into the southwest.