Social media images after the earthquake in Alaska have shown the damage surrounding areas have suffered, with roads buckling and cracking.
A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 has struck Alaska. Its epicenter was 11 km north of Anchorage, which is the largest city in the state. A tsunami warning has been issued for coastal areas of the state by the National Weather Service. A series of aftershocks have followed this devastating earthquake, with depths of 40.9km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Already eight aftershocks following the quake have been reported by the USGS, the first one reaching a magnitude of 5.7.
The earthquake was reported at 8:29 local time, and given how this state only sees six hours of daylight during this time of year, the quake happened just at sunrise.
The Alaska Governor Bill Walker has issued through Twitter a declaration of disaster and is in contact with the White House. While Donald Trump has made no direct comments, his House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has tweeted that the President has been informed on the quake and is following up on damage reports.
Residents at the moment have been left with no power or water and as the aftershocks continue, radio stations have been constantly malfunctioning. Residents are being encouraged to use social media and text messages to contact family members and loved ones since phone lines may be overwhelmed.
Social media images have shown the damage surrounding areas have suffered, with roads buckling and cracking, and cars barely making it out of the destruction. These scenes of chaos have shown items falling from store shelves, and people scrambling for cover as windows began to crack and fall off.
According to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, Alaska can experience on a yearly basis up to 20,000 earthquakes. After the earthquake, locals are asked to be prepared for aftershocks and listen to the radio for safety instructions (KFQD 750 AM). Facebook has activated its safety check feature and the Anchorage Police Department has announced that “there is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged. 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.”
The largest earthquake in US history was recorded in 1964, Anchorage, with a magnitude of 9.2. It was also the second largest ever measured on a global scale and had devastating consequences.
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