Tsunami alert for southern Alaska after quake

Tsunami alert for southern Alaska after quake

"The structure of the roof just collapsed", one said.

Similar scenes were playing out across Anchorage.

Employees at the Anchorage station KTVA take in the damage to the studio after the quake hit.

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport remained open, but arrivals and departure ramps were closed and there were reports of road damage, the airport said on Twitter. He pulled his son out of the vehicle as light poles along the road swayed. Scaggs clutched a bottle of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, while Fullwood snuggled her cat. And while there's still a ways to go in getting 100 percent of seismic stations funded (right now it's at 277 out of 560 total stations), Steele said the state is "making great progress" as it accelerates the process. "Birth certificate, passport and Pappy Van Winkle", she said, cradling the whiskey bottle in the crook of her elbow.


A tow truck holds a vehicle that was pulled from on an off-ramp that collapsed during a morning quake on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska.

He said he was in an office building elevator when the natural disaster hit.

"It was terrifying", Shea said.

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Most of those smaller earthquakes were not strong enough to be felt, but a magnitude-5.2 aftershock about 11 p.m. Friday was the second-biggest event since a magnitude-5.7 temblor hit minutes after the main quake, according to Gavin Hayes, a research geophysicist with the USGS. All of the office's duties were handed over to the Fairbanks office, and the meteorologists and staff evacuated.

In response to the now-canceled tsunami warning, Alaskans fled low-lying coastal areas to head inland, but their progress was frustrated by the damaged roadways.

A powerful quake jolted southern Alaska on Friday morning, buckling roads, disrupting rush-hour traffic and jamming telephone service in and around Anchorage, the state's largest city, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin provided an update on her Facebook page Friday, following a high-magnitude quake. He ran for the exit with other patrons. "You just never know when".

"Anchorage has a population of around 300,000, while there are numerous large population centers in California".

At Chugiak High School, acting principal Allison Susel said ceiling tiles came down, books and other items fell from shelves, and water line breaks caused damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates a low probability of fatalities from the natural disaster. And the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage. Consult the National Tsunami Warning Center for details.

Alaska, where the Pacific tectonic plate meets the North American plate, is a highly active seismic area.

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