7.0 Earthquake Hits Alaska… Major Infrastructure Damage

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.0, after initially giving a preliminary magnitude of 6.7. There was a tsunami alert but it has since been canceled.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake hit about 8 miles north of Anchorage. Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration.

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

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A massive earthquake, — registering 7.0 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey — rocked Anchorage, Alaska Friday, sending debris crashing to the ground, damaging buildings and causing “major infrastructure damage,” officials said.

The quake happened about 7.5 miles north of the city, the USGS reported, and officials said residents there should brace for aftershocks.

The NWS and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning for parts of Alaska, but no surrounding states have received similar warnings.

It was not immediately clear if there were injuries, but Anchorage police urged residents to be vigilant.

“There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged,” the department said in a bulletin. “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.” More

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