Anchorage, Alaska rocked by 6.6-magnitude natural disaster; tsunami warning issued

In this image courtesy of Dr. Holy A. Bell books and ceiling tiles litter the floor at the The Mat Su College library in Anchorage Alaska

The Alaska Department of Transportation has all of its inspectors in the Anchorage area Saturday to conduct bridge inspections following the 7.0 quake that caused highway damage mostly north of the city.

On Friday, a magnitude 7.0 quake struck southern Alaska about ten miles north of the state's largest city of Anchorage.

Officials have cancelled a tsunami warning for southern Alaska after a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster hit Anchorage.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a 2-story building after the quake.

It is unclear whether there were injuries.

The tsunami warning has been issued after the quake, but cancelled later, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a statement on Friday. Authorities have instructed people to seek high ground.

Damage was widespread to buildings, homes, and roads.

Books and ceiling tiles litter the floor at the The Mat-Su College library in Anchorage Alaska
Books and ceiling tiles litter the floor at the The Mat-Su College library in Anchorage

His 120-pound mastiff panicked and tried to run down the stairs, but the house was swaying so much that the dog was thrown off its feet and into a wall and tumbled to the base of the stairs, Slaton said.

Students dove under their desks and workers ran from buildings as a monster 7.0 quake violently rocked Anchorage Friday morning.

"This is the kind of natural disaster we have in the Puget Sound area every 20 to 30 years on average - we could certainly see another one of these next year, or in the next decade or so", he told the Ron and Don Show on KIRO Radio. "I'm not aware of large-scale building collapses, but I think it's safe to say there are thousands of homes and businesses and buildings that were damaged in some fashion, be it a deck that slid downhill, a cracked foundation, a gas line disconnected from the house".

Morning rush-hour traffic in Anchorage came to a standstill and jammed up heading out of town after the quake struck at around 8:30 am.

A devastating 1964 Alaska quake - the most powerful on record in the United States - led to stricter building codes that helped structures withstand the shifting earth Friday. (Supplied) Southern Alaska is prone to earthquakes thanks to tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region. "I only thought of one thing: + I want it to stop +", said one of them.

"People who were outside were actively hugging each other", he said. It had lasted several minutes and caused a destructive tidal wave across the entire West Coast, totaling some 130 casualties.

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