Major quake rocks Anchorage prompting tsunami warning

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A 6.6 magnitude natural disaster rocked buildings and triggered a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of southern Alaska Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey. The National Weather Service had warned residents in Kodiak and Seward that tsunami activity could start just an hour after the quake struck.

"It was very loud when it came", Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said.

Capp says he's lived in Anchorage eight years and that the quake was the worst he had experienced. All local TV stations were reportedly knocked off the air.

"With a slip rate of more than 2 inches per year, this fault may be one of the fastest-moving strike-slip faults in the world", Baldwin said. I said, 'I'm from Iowa. But to the relief of residents, the Port of Anchorage, a major source of supplies for the state, appeared undamaged.

Emergency medical personnel answered 56 calls in the hours immediately after the temblor, although none involved serious injuries, Hettrick said. And the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.

Authorities didn't have firm figures on damages Friday night.

The company said there was no damage to electricity generation infrastructure. It's in effect for parts of Cook Inlet and southern Kenai peninsula.

The US Geological Survey has reported dozens of aftershocks.

The quake was followed by numerous aftershocks, and climatologist Rick Thoman reported that he felt it in Fairbanks, about 350 miles north of Anchorage.

Alaskan oil production began to rise two years ago after nearly three decades of declines from a peak of more than 2 million barrels a day in 1988, according to U.S. Energy Department data.

Tens of thousands of customers lost power in the Anchorage area. Lights on the control board were blinking and things were falling from the ceiling, but the elevator did not stop, he said.

"We just hung onto each other".

But, Baldwin said, while the whole of the contiguous USA saw about 70 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or above in 2017, the eastern half of the Aleutian Arc and Alaska saw 192 of the same size.

Senior center technician Michael Burgy says gauges are being monitored to determine if any underwater landslides have generated tsunami waves.

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West called it the most significant quake in Anchorage since 1964.

According to The Washington Post, the 7.0 quake was accompanied by a 5.8 quake that shook buildings in the North American city and triggered tsunami warnings for residents in Kodiak, Alaska.

"To the Great people of Alaska". Your Federal Government will spare no expense. "God Bless you ALL!" "Our family is intact - house is not".

A 9.2 struck Alaska in 1964 and caused more than 100 deaths and is identified as the strongest quake in the United States. "So thankful to be safe".

The Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage was being used as a shelter for people unable to get home.

And so, Judy, there's a lot of damage in the city, and it's still being assessed right now by city officials.

The warning was lifted a short time later.

The FAA said the tower at Ted Stevens was evacuated at one point.

The airport also confirmed that roads to the airport have been damaged.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has suspended operations at the Anchorage airport until at least 12:30 p.m.

Police officers were dispatched across the region to handle "multiple situations", the department said, although it did not elaborate beyond saying it was working with the school district to check on children there.

The shaking is usually strongest in areas with soft soil, which covers much of Alaska, Ebel said.

"They were scared. They kept crying", she said.

"The bed started shaking, everything was shaking so dramatically", she told CNN.

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