At around 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Alaskans felt a large earthquake that shook South Central. It teared up streets and shook homes and businesses.
According to officials, the earthquake was reported as a magnitude 7.0 quake. Several aftershocks of diminishing strength, but still significant, were felt.
After the massive quake, an emergency alert was issued for a tsunami warning and instructing people to go to high ground. However, later on the tsunami warning was cancelled.
Several reports of damage were made around Anchorage and the surrounding areas, including possible damage to highways and roads.
In fact, around 08:56 pm, reports states that, nine aftershocks were measured by U.S. Geological Survey seismometers. The largest aftershock registered as a magnitude 4.5, about 8.5 miles SSW of Big Lake at a depth of 29 miles. Just six minutes before that, a magnitude 4.2 was measured about four miles SSE of Big Lake at a depth of 13 miles.
At present, three overnight emergency shelters in Anchorage, Chugiak and Wasilla have been opened by the Red Cross of Alaska. Food is being served at each location. Anyone in need of shelter is welcome. Those in need of shelter are asked to consider bringing bedding, clothing, medications, children's toys, blankets, and emergency kits. Donations are being accepted by the Red Cross of Alaska.
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