Alaska Earthquake 7.0: Anchorage Area Devastated by Aftershocks

Updated On 01 Dec, 2018 Published On

A big earthquake of 7.0 magnitude rocked the state of Alaska on Friday morning, resulting in roads churned up and office workers to run out to the streets in scenes locals.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was centred about five miles north of the largest city of Alaska, Anchorage.

At a press conference Friday evening, Republican Rep. Donald Young, said that an initial assessment found the earthquake not being deadly.

He said, "We’re quite pleased to report that there’s been no deaths at this time that we know of".

However, according to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, there was major concern regarding recovery efforts and safety.

She said,

The impact is very real, the impact is very hard, and it will require apparently a great deal of recovery and effort. There are homes without power. There is some concern that you may have gas line breaks that could lead to potential further disasters.

GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan says the state has already experienced major aftershocks, "some above 5.0" magnitude.

Citing a serious concern regarding transportation impact, he said, "Make no mistake, this was a big one. Right now the highways in and out of Anchorage, with the exception of one going up north, are cut off and that’s a big problem for us."

Despite the damage to roads and bridges, according to the FEMA administrator, there were "no reports of any major building collapse."