Anchorage natural disaster: Photos and videos show street damage, trembling structures

April FrancisDec 03, 2018

Another angle of the auto trapped on a collapsed section of the offramp off of Minnesota Drive in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Police Department, which is operational after the quake, said they are handling multiple situations.

Cracks could be seen in a two-story downtown Anchorage building.

The pipeline through Alaska had also been closed as a precaution but returned to service after seven hours as inspections revealed no damage to the facilities.

The department said there is major infrastructure damage across the city and many homes and buildings are damaged.

‎ In an audio recording posted online, an air traffic controller could be heard telling a FedEx cargo plane ‎to go around - abort its landing - as the quake hit.‎. The children got on the ground while Lettow tried to keep them calm.

In fact, about one thousand earthquakes happen every month in Alaska but majority are so minor that they go unnoticed.

"Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin wrote, "[Pray] for Alaska.

"In terms of a disaster, I think it says more about who we are than what we suffered", he said at a press briefing, adding that Anchorage was prepared for such an emergency.

Officials opened an Anchorage convention center as an emergency shelter.

Powerful quake cracks roads in Alaska
A crack which opened up along a roadway near the airport

The short clip taken in a court room shows legal workers ducking beneath their desks, trying to find cover, as panels begin falling from the ceiling and picture frames rattle uncontrollably on the walls, as the building shakes around them.

People went back inside after the first quake struck, but the 5.8 aftershock about five minutes later sent them running back into the streets.

A tsunami warning was issued along Alaska's southern coast with residents in Kodiak, a city of 6100 people on Kodiak Island, 400km south of Anchorage, were told to evacuate to higher ground immediately because a wave could hit within about 10 minutes.

The USGS reported dozens of aftershocks even after the tsunami warning was cancelled, reports CNN.

In Kenai, southwest of Anchorage, Brandon Slaton was home alone and soaking in his bathtub when the quake struck. "People going back to computers, meetings", Herz said.

He grabbed the Betta fish and put it in another bowl.

"It was anarchy", he said.

Traffic lights were knocked down and many homes left without power. "Everything that's not tied down is broke".

A devastating 1964 Alaska natural disaster - 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.

‎ The 7.0-magnitude quake struck at 8:29 am (1729 GMT), in the middle of the school run and as ‎workers were heading out for the day.‎.

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