Earthquakes happen all over the globe and this 7.0 magnitude quake hit near Anchorage, Alaska just recently. While it did briefly trigger a tsunami warning it does seem that warning has at the very least been canceled for now.
This quake occurred sometime around 8 or 9 am on Friday (just earlier today) newsrooms were torn apart, schools shaken to their cores, and people were very much in shock as this whole ordeal ensued. According to Bloomberg, even parts of a scenic highway have been completely sunken into the ground and disappeared. Damages seem to be quite widespread and significant repair is needed.
— Cassie Schirm (@cassieschirmtv) November 30, 2018
Gov. Bill Walker told NBC News that he issued a declaration of disaster after this major earthquake upon being in communication with White House officials and went on as follows:
“There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage.”
“Many homes and buildings are damaged. Many roads and bridges are closed. Stay off the roads if you don’t need to drive. Seek a safe shelter. Check on your surroundings and loved ones.”
7.2 earthquake here in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a video my dad took from the Minnesota exit ramp from international. 😰😰 pic.twitter.com/1yOGj3yz9q
— sarah m (@sarahh_mars) November 30, 2018
While there was a short tsunami warning generated locals seem to be in the clear. This tsunami warning was issued by the National Tsunami Warning Center and was automatically generated following the quake itself. Guages for underwater landslides have been monitored following the event and there seem to be none which indicated no tsunami waves are coming forth. That being said, if something along those lines does occur the tsunami warning could be reissued and expand.
Samuel Shea, from the National Weather Service in Anchorage, told TWP as follows in regards to this quake:
“It was terrifying.”
“I mean, we have magnitude fives, sixes — we deal with earthquakes all the time, and this was the strongest I’ve ever felt and the most terrifying of my life.”
“It just stops your heart.”
Major earthquake in Anchorage this morning. @uaanchorage is closed. We have some damage. Currently assessing. No word of injuries, thankfully. Power still OK. This is one of our conference rooms. Kudos to our Incident Management Team for quick response. We are fortunate. pic.twitter.com/ZffVAwuIbY
— Cathy Sandeen (@CathySandeen) November 30, 2018
Luckily the US Geological Survey estimates that there is a low probability of fatalities while numbers have not quite been gathered just yet as things are still settling down. Economic losses seem to be somewhere between one hundred million dollars and one billion dollars. This kind of damage should be more than enough cause for a national level response according to the USGS website. This quake occurred on a fault line between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates and subducted underneath Alaska.
I pray everyone is okay. pic.twitter.com/RcGTjbTrTj
— mary graham (@mary_graham3) November 30, 2018
We should, at the very least, be glad for the most part the locals are safe and the dangers ahead are not as intense as they could have been. While some buildings are at risk of collapsing and normal is not something these people will be able to see for quite some time this should serve as a warning. Things like this can come out of nowhere and cause so much devastation.
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