The 7.0-magnitude natural disaster that rocked buildings and destroyed sections of highways yesterday in Anchorage - sending panicked people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning - was strong enough to be detected 4,500 miles away in MA.
The 7.0 magnitude quake struck about 8 miles (13g km) north of Anchorage, a city of 300,000 residents accounting for about 40 percent of Alaska's population.
An automatically generated tsunami warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska was cancelled, after residents on Kodiak Island were earlier told to flee to higher ground. Residents of the state not recommended to go out when they don't have to drive the vehicle.
Anchorage airport temporarily halted incoming and outgoing flights after the air control tower was evacuated. "I woke up in bed to the shaking, the dresser on the bed with me", Mr. Matthews said.
"Many roads and bridges are closed".
Thousands of people remain without power and it will take weeks to fix all infrastructure wrecked by a huge 7.0 quake, though President Donald Trump has allowed funds for federal agencies to coordinate disaster relief efforts.
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"It will take months for the rate of the aftershocks, the rate at which they're occurring, to drop down to what you would consider background levels", he said, although the vast majority were too small to cause damage.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Chris Riekena was driving his 7-year-old son to school when his auto started acting up. "People going back to computers, meetings", Herz said.
"It was anarchy", he said. People were also left without power. The quake was centered 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, the state's largest city.
Alaska was the site of the nation's most powerful natural disaster ever recorded.
Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes, with its southeastern coastline sitting on the edge of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.
David Harper was getting some coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded "like the building was just going to fall apart". It had lasted several minutes and caused a destructive tidal wave across the entire West Coast, totaling some 130 casualties. "Because a magnitude 7.0 in a city like that, you know, it could have been significantly worse".