Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared

Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared

Nov 30, 2018 – ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Alaskans felt a large earthquake that shook South Central at around 8:30 a.m. this morning.

According to officials with the USGS, the earthquake initially was a 6.6 magnitude but later adjusted the magnitude to a 7.0, and was centered north of Anchorage. The National Weather Service said it was a 7.0 magnitude quake as well.




 

Several aftershocks of diminishing strength, but still significant, were felt.

Directly following the massive quake, an emergency alert was issued for a tsunami warning, saying that there was danger on the coast for a tsunami, and instructing people to go to high ground.

Power went out, and a few fires have been reported.

Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared

The Governor of Alaska has declared a state of disaster and emergency in the Anchorage area and has been in touch with the White House.

Several reports of damage have been made around Anchorage and the surrounding area, including damage to highways and roads. Roads are buckled and twisted.

Gas leaks are also being reported and schools evacuated.

Department of Transportation officials told Channel 2 a landslide occurred on the Seward Highway by McHugh Creek.

The pipeline is now shutdown. Several overpasses are shut down because of damage.

Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared

Shannon McCarthy with DOT said all available employees who can do inspections are being called in to perform checks. A short list of the damage includes a slide on the Seward Highway, damage to the Northbound Eagle River Bridge, the Minnesota International Airport Road off ramp, and damage News Seward and 36th Avenue.

The Anchorage School District said it is still accessing earthquake damages. “When you feel it is safe to pick up your children at your school, please do so,” an emailed statement read.

Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared

Right now, multiple parts of down are showing their power being down according to Chugach Electric. A map for that outage, and if power is restored in your area, can be found online here.

A seismologist from the University of Berkley said this earthquake could be a foreshock for a much larger earthquake. They just don’t know.

Airport shut down and operators of the 800-mile long trans-Alaska pipeline have shut the system down as a safety precaution.

Anchorage airport tower evacuated. Airport road suffered #earthquake damage. Ground stop in effect for aircraft bound for Anchorage.

Several roads to the airport have collapsed

Sprinkles systems at the airport broke and caused flooding.

Michelle Egan, spokeswoman for Alyeska, said by phone. Egan said she wasn’t aware of any damage to the line, which transported 530,000 barrels on Thursday, but said there isn’t yet a timeline on restart.

Alaska produced 494,000 barrels of oil a day last year, with most of it sent down the Alaska pipeline to Valdez, where it’s shipped out by tanker, usually to U.S. West Coast refineries. No tankers were at the terminal when the quake struck and “everything is fine down there,” Egan said. A few smaller vessels were moved away from the shoreline.

Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared
 
Update -Massive Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Disaster declared




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