Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

6 magnitude natural disaster rocks Anchorage, tsunami warning issued for southern Alaska

6 magnitude natural disaster rocks Anchorage, tsunami warning issued for southern Alaska

"Many homes and buildings are damaged", the police department said in a statement.

Alaska has more earthquakes than any other USA region and has had an average of one magnitude 7 to 8 natural disaster every year since 1900, according to the state government website.

As of midday Saturday, there had been no serious earthquake-related injuries reported, and crews were working to set up detours around some heavily damaged roads, officials said.

Traffic has been snarled since the quake.

About two and a half hours after the quake, the utility said approximately 7,000-10,000 customers were still without power.

Around 300,000 people live in Anchorage with 100,000 in the surrounding area. Most of the borough's schools will also be closed until Wednesday, the Matanuska-Susitna School District said.

Roads aren't the only transportation worry in Alaska.

‎ "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.‎.

Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said Friday that progress was being made restoring power and utilities aren't expecting protracted outages.

Train service south of Anchorage is scheduled to resume Sunday. "You could tell that it was a bad one".

"People who were outside were actively hugging each other", he said.

He also touted Alaskans' longstanding tradition to stock up for long winters. "I appeal to the wonderful people of Alaska".

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. local time (1230 EST/1730 GMT).

‎ A video posted to Twitter showed a buckled road on a highway exit ramp leading to the airport and a ‎stranded auto.‎.

This video, shot by Julie Johnson of Anchorage, captures the moments of the quake's first tremors, which eventually knock the camera over.

Strong earthquakes are not uncommon in seismically active Alaska, but they tend to occur in remote, sparsely populated regions where there is little or no damage.

This photo provided by David Harper shows merchandise that fell off the shelves during an quake at a store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

‎ Several people were wounded, mainly from broken glass and falling objects, but no deaths were ‎reported, according to United States media.‎. It happened seven miles northwest of Anchorage, the state's largest city.

Aftershocks from Friday's powerful Alaskan natural disaster continued to pound the area around Anchorage on Saturday, as workers strove to patch up buckled roads and residents began cleaning up damage around their homes and businesses.

Images on social networks or TV channels showed crumbling sections of road or cracked buildings, while on Twitter, many residents were posting photos showing the contents of shelves or supermarket shelves scattered on the ground. the impact of shaking. However, the one highway leading north out of Anchorage received some major damage in spots. The 9.2-magnitude quake on March 27, 1964, was centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage.

Empty milk refrigerators are shown at a grocery store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, two days after a magnitude 7.0 quake was centered about 7 miles north of the city.

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