Friday, 14 December, 2018

Alaska hit by powerful natural disaster, buildings damaged

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Anchorage Image A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Anchorage
Leonard Rios | 03 December, 2018, 01:52

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the 49 other U.S. states combined.

"This is kind of an odd quake", he said, adding that only 15 or 16 quakes of magnitude 6 or greater have been recorded during the past century in the same region of Alaska.

BREAKING: Tsunami Warning for coastal areas of Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula in Alaska after powerful prelim. magnitude 7.2 quake hits near Anchorage.

After evacuating the courtroom, she then shared another short video from the first floor of the building, which showed the impact of an aftershock, which sent the metal detectors into meltdown.

The quakes on Friday broke store windows, opened cracks in a two-story building downtown, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic.

The quake, of a magnitude that is common in Alaska, was followed by numerous aftershocks, and climatologist Rick Thoman reported that he felt it in Fairbanks, about 350 miles north of Anchorage, a city of about 300,000 residents. Aftershocks registering as high as 5.8 on the richter scale have also been reported and Tsunami warnings remain in effect up and down the southern Alaskan shoreline.

Randy Van Ness mops an aisle at Andy's Ace Hardware after a 7.0-magnitude natural disaster hit in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, Nov. 30.

A supermarket was rocked by the massive quake
Image A supermarket was rocked by the massive quake

Alaska is shaken by hundreds of earthquakes each year, and many are hardly noticed. "We live in quake country so folks. but this was a big one".

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but there appears to be plenty of damage, including at the newsroom of local CBS affiliate KTVA. (Supplied) Southern Alaska is prone to earthquakes thanks to tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region.

This photo provided by David Harper shows merchandise that fell off the shelves during the quake.

Aerial photo shows damage on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after natural disaster Friday.

In fact, about one thousand earthquakes happen every month in Alaska but majority are so minor that they go unnoticed.

Officials said the quake, and its aftershocks, struck near Anchorage at about 9:30 a.m. with a 17 mile depth. Harper ran to the exit with other patrons there. "But then it really got going, and I thought, 'wow, this feels. this feels like the big one".

"Even when people were initially concerned, people who might have been reaching for the last item, looked over and saw someone else and said, 'Yes, we are sharing this with you, '" he said.

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