Major 7.0 quake hits Alaska; tsunami warning lifted

Major 7.0 quake hits Alaska; tsunami warning lifted

The tsunami warnings also affected southern areas of Alaska's coastal region such as Cook's Inlet and portions of the Kenai peninsula. Police are urging residents to head to higher ground. Their building suffered only minor damage, but he says others were much worse. Many roads and bridges are closed.

"I've never seen a group of 32 students move that fast; they shot under the desks", said Ruhlin. Cracks appeared in the thick ice of nearby lakes.

The KTVA-TV newsroom in Anchorage. A ground stop held up flights coming into Anchorage's worldwide airport.

Hear air traffic controllers in Anchorage, Alaska, divert aircraft immediately following a magnitude 7.0 quake.

Water lines and gas lines were broken. Two miles west of Wasilla, the quake shattered a segment of Vine Road, rendering it impassible.

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

"To the Great people of Alaska. I just keep thinking about how long our house was shaking and about how many aftershocks there were and how it just keeps coming and coming and coming", said Flannery. President Trump said the federal government "will spare no expense" on the recovery. "God Bless you ALL!"

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A magnitude 7.0 quake was detected in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There have been several aftershocks to the initial quake, according to the USGS, including a 5.8-magnitude in the city of Anchorage.

"We've had some memorable earthquakes, but I've never experienced anything as strong or unnerving as that natural disaster", said John. The state is located along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and joins the Pacific and North American plates.

On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 quake, the strongest recorded in US history, centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage.

2 p.m.: This article was updated with details about road damage.

Several strong aftershocks left many Alaskans on edge Saturday morning after powerful back-to-back earthquakes struck on Friday.

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