Alaska's back-to-back earthquakes

Hugh Fox
December 3, 2018

Back-to-back earthquakes rocked buildings and shattered roads in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami.

A powerful quake rocked Anchorage on Friday, violently shaking homes and businesses, sending scared residents into the streets and damaging buildings in Alaska's largest city.

"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 quake", he said during a question-and-answer session at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

A vehicle is trapped on a collapsed section of the offramp of Minnesota Drive in Anchorage, Friday, Nov. 30.

While the Alaska quake has claimed no lives, officials say, the state has sustained quite substantial infrastructural damage.

Aftershocks Saturday continued to fray nerves.

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As the natural disaster hit, people ran out of buildings or sought shelter under office desks.

"Thankfully I pulled over when I did", he said. Many roads and bridges are also closed.

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

Anchorage, Alaska residents Al and Lyn Matthews stand beside one of several large structural cracks in their in their south Anchorage home following Friday morning's quake.

Classes were suspended at the University of Alaska at Anchorage (UAA) and at all schools in the district, some of whose students were evacuated and secured.

In Kenai, southwest of Anchorage, Brandon Slaton was home alone and soaking in his bathtub when the natural disaster struck. "People going back to computers, meetings."‎. People were also left without power. In connection with a powerful quake to the people of Alaska asked the President of the United States Donald trump.

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Empty shelves where bread is normally located are shown at a grocery store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, two days after a magnitude 7.0 quake was centered about 7 miles north of the city.

Alaska is shaken by hundreds of earthquakes each year, and many are hardly noticed.

Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes, with its southeastern coastline sitting on the edge of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.

This photo provided by David Harper shows merchandise that fell off the shelves during the quake. He ran for the exit with other patrons.

"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. "You could tell that it was a bad one".

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