Thousands without power after major 7.0 Alaska quake

03 December, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Anchorage Alaska Friday.					Dan Joling  AP

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No deaths were reported Friday but several wounded, including a serious one, were hosted in hospitals according to USA media, mainly in connection with glass breakage or falling objects caused by the quake, whose origin was located just 13 km north of Anchorage (about 300,000 inhabitants). The 5.7 aftershock arrived within minutes, followed by a series of smaller quakes.

"I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong the ground itself shook during the natural disaster", he said during a question-and-answer session at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Alaska was the site of the most powerful natural disaster ever recorded in the U.S. The 9.2-magnitude quake on March 27, 1964, was centered about 75 miles east of Anchorage.

"It was very loud when it came", said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. "I'm not aware of large-scale building collapses, but I think it's safe to say there are thousands of homes and businesses and buildings that were damaged in some fashion, be it a deck that slid downhill, a cracked foundation, a gas line disconnected from the house".

At present, three overnight emergency shelters in Anchorage, Chugiak and Wasilla have been opened by the Red Cross of Alaska.

When it was over, Sadie said, there was only one thing she could do: "I started crying".

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Sterling Strait, a member of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, said the states use the International Building Code, considered the best available standard for seismic safety.

Roads and bridges appeared to have been hardest hit.

There were no deaths reported from the quake and minimal damage to buildings. "But this was a big one". The 9.2-magnitude quake on March 27, 1964, was centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage. This quake wasn't almost as strong so any tsunami is unlikely to reach that level, but this is still a unsafe situation and should be monitored closely if you live anywhere across the Pacific.

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

David Harper was in a coffee shop when the quake began and said the sound intensified and sounded "like the building was just going to fall apart".

"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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