7.0 magnitude natural disaster rocks Alaska in US

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Anchorage Alaska Friday.					Dan Joling  AP

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Anchorage Alaska Friday. Dan Joling AP

"Building codes mean something", he said. Their building suffered only minor damage, but he says others were much worse.

North of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough also sustained considerable damage, including the wreck of Vine Road.

Employees who live north of Anchorage are being encouraged to take Monday off or work from home if possible to reduce traffic. The trip is 350 miles (563 kilometers) each way. "That's why it has caused the damage that we're seeing". However, a complete inspection of the track and bridges hasn't been completed, so Sullivan said officials do not know when rail service to Fairbanks will resume. Most of the damage was done to highways north of Anchorage.

- NBC News (@NBCNews) November 30, 2018A 7.0 magnitude natural disaster just occurred near Anchorage.

"It was very loud when it came", Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said.

About two and a half hours after the quake, the utility said approximately 7,000-10,000 customers were still without power.

Evans stood on Saturday morning next to a highway off-ramp in Anchorage that crumbled as the powerful earthquakes struck.

"The bottom line on the utility structure is that the power is up, the heat is on, the communication lines are opening", said Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey.

Police said there was no looting in the aftermath of the quake.

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A 6.6 magnitude natural disaster in the largest city in the northwestern U.S. state of Alaska rattled buildings in the city of Anchorage and caused lampposts and trees to sway.

Later, Walker surveyed the damage from the air with the Alaska National Guard. There's also damage at the interchange of the Glenn and Parks highways.

Officials say in a release that the aftershocks continue to contribute to settling and additional cracking.

‎ "Everyone just sprinted out of the coffee shop I was at in Anchorage in the middle of a huge ‎earthquake", Nat Herz, a reporter with news portal Alaska's Energy Desk, posted on Twitter.‎.

A tsunami warning was issued for the Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula following the massive quake but was quickly lifted. The largest aftershock registered as a magnitude 4.5, about 8.5 miles SSW of Big Lake at a depth of 29 miles. Seismologists predicted many more in the coming days and weeks.

Earlier this afternoon a magnitude 7.0 quake struck 12 kilometers deep outside of Anchorage, Alaska. No tsunami arrived and there were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

Walker said says he has spoken to President Donald Trump and the White House has offered to help.

This comes after an quake with a magnitude of 7.0 rocked the heart of the American state, which has pulled apart roads and buildings in the area.

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