Over 1,000 Aftershocks Shake Alaska After Major Earthquake Strikes Anchorage

An airman at Joint Base Elemendorf Richardson sweeps water at the base's Buckner Fitness Center a day after a 7.0 earthquake rattled the region

An airman at Joint Base Elemendorf Richardson sweeps water at the base's Buckner Fitness Center a day after a 7.0 earthquake rattled the region

What happened: A 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the town of Anchorage, Alaska, Friday morning at around 8:30 a.m. local time.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported, the mayor confirmed to the network. A tsunami warning for the state was initially issued then cancelled.

"This is one of those weekends, boy, stay home and stream Netflix", Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick said during a December 1 news conference. Though the city is working hard, schools and some roads remain closed while pets have been said to be running wild in the streets.

"It wasn't a situation where there was a mass rush of people", hospital spokesman Mikal Canfield said.

Roads took the brunt of the damage. The Alaska Department of Transportation counted about 50 sites with damage, including eight considered major. The agency also was planning to conduct bridge inspections Saturday.

Airmen assess damage on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson Alaska the day after a 7.0 earthquake rattled the region
Airmen assess damage on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson Alaska the day after a 7.0 earthquake rattled the region

The 800-mile trans Alaska oil pipeline was shut down for hours while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.

Transportation officials said in a release that the aftershocks continue to contribute to settling and additional cracking. Alyeska spokeswoman Michelle Egan said it was restarted at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Rock falls exacerbated by the aftershocks were causing some problems on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage.

Flights at the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage were suspended for several hours after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower. She said there are no obvious signs of damage and no operational impact on the pipeline, whose closest section is 120 miles from the epicenter.

Alaska's 1964 quake, with a 9.2 magnitude, was centered about 75 miles east of Anchorage. It and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

Alaska records an average of 40,000 quakes every year, including more large tremors than the other 49 states combined. The 1964 event he's referring to was a 9.2 magnitude natural disaster, which was the strongest quake to hit the United States in recorded history and the second strongest quake ever recorded on earth.

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