Alaska tsunami poses no threat to OR, officials say

03 December, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Tsunami Warning Issued After 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Near Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage's school system cancelled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage.

National Tsunami Warning Center senior technician Michael Burgy said the tsunami warning was automatically generated, Officials monitored gauges to see if any underwater landslides would generate tsunami waves. Get to high ground as far inland as possible.

A lawyer working and living in Anchorage, Hank Graper, said he was driving when the quake struck.

US President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for the state of Alaska, which was hit by a powerful natural disaster, authorising federal assistance to the state authorities. "This feels like something that could really do some damage'".

Still, local officials said life was returning to normal even as four to eight inches of snow were expected on Sunday.

The US Geological Survey says the first and more powerful quake was centred about 12 kilometres north of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. People ran from their offices or took cover under desks. Then came a series of smaller quakes. But it is rare for a quake this big to strike so close such a heavily populated area.

There no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries. For now, the Alaska Railroad remains shut down until all of the tracks could be inspected. The event started at about 8:30 a.m., with multiple aftershocks following.


Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tweeted that her home was damaged: "Our family is intact - house is not".

Aftershocks Saturday continued to fray nerves.

The city's police department said it had caused "major infrastructure damage to Anchorage". "I kept waking up".

KTVA's news team in Anchorage were among those badly shaken by an natural disaster on Friday with officials describing a magnitude 7.0 quake. A driver attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road was not injured when the ramp sank.

Students dove under their desks and workers ran from buildings as a monster 7.0 quake violently rocked Anchorage Friday morning. "I just keep thinking about how long our house was shaking and about how many aftershocks there were and how it just keeps coming and coming and coming", said Flannery.

"It made a lot of noise when it happened, it was clear that it was something much stronger than usual", said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, quoted by CNN.

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