Major 7.2 magnitude quake rocks Anchorage, Alaska; tsunami warning issued

Major 7.2 magnitude quake rocks Anchorage, Alaska; tsunami warning issued

Major 7.2 magnitude quake rocks Anchorage, Alaska; tsunami warning issued

"The U.S. Geological Survey says the natural disaster Friday morning was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Alaska's largest city", reports Bloomberg. It had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km).

"Thought the house was going to come apart", Anchorage-based climatologist Brian Brettschneider wrote on Twitter, posting a photo showing his kitchen floor scattered with items that had tumbled out of cupboards.

Officials briefly issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska. The pipeline carries crude oil from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope to the port city of Valdez located about 150 miles east of Anchorage. The Anchorage Police Department reported major infrastructure damage throughout the city in a press release, citing road and bridge closures.

Alaska produced 494,000 barrels of oil a day previous year, with most of it sent down the Alaska pipeline to Valdez, where it's shipped out by tanker, usually to U.S. West Coast refineries.

"This is the kind of quake we have in the Puget Sound area every 20 to 30 years on average - we could certainly see another one of these next year, or in the next decade or so", he told the Ron and Don Show on KIRO Radio. This one was different.


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

The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed about the natural disaster. "Many homes and buildings are damaged. And my daughter's teacher, after the 90 seconds were over, said, 'OK, it's time to sit down and finish your test'".

Strong earthquakes are not uncommon in seismically active Alaska but tend to occur in remote, sparsely populated regions.

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. Southern Alaska was hit by a devastating 9.2 tremor in 1964, the second most powerful quake on record. On social media posting showed a highway destroyed and children ducking for cover in a classroom.

Local CBS affiliate KTVA posted a video of a room shaking back and forth with panels falling from the ceiling and lights flickering on and off as people hid under desks.

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