Videos show people taking cover as Alaska quake struck

Aaron Brown
December 2, 2018

A tsunami warning for coastal areas of Alaska's Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula was canceled after a magnitude 7.0 quake struck Friday, damaging roads and buildings and sending residents scurrying for cover, authorities said.

A local expert said Alaska lies in an area prone to powerful earthquakes, and the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck the Anchorage area Friday afternoon could have strong aftershocks.

The tremor sent employees running from office buildings and ducking under desks for cover.

A 7.0 magnitude quake rocked Anchorage, Alaska Friday afternoon; destroying buildings and prompting American officials to issue a tsunami warning for the region as residents head inland.

The 7.0 natural disaster was felt up to 400 miles outside of Anchorage, said Michael West, the Alaska state seismologist.

A tsunami warning is in effect for the Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula.

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President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency, ordering US government assistance in the quake response and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, the White House said.

Roads were clogged with traffic after the quakes knocked out power to some streetlights in Anchorage and disabled the Glenn Highway, a major artery connecting Anchorage with bedroom communities to the north, effectively trapping commuters in the city.

Around 300,000 people live in Anchorage with 100,000 in the surrounding area.

NBC News reported that Anchorage Police sent out a warning about "major infrastructure damage across" the city, following the natural disaster. "I just keep thinking about how long our house was shaking and about how many aftershocks there were and how it just keeps coming and coming and coming", said Flannery. The quake, which lasted about 4½ minutes, and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives. I imagine that's the case for many, many others.

Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes due to tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region.

David Harper was getting some coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded "like the building was just going to fall apart". "You have been hit hard by a 'big one, '" Trump tweeted.

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