Quake Hits Alaska

PUBLISHED: 2:00 PM 30 Nov 2018
UPDATED: 10:16 PM 30 Nov 2018

Alaska 7.0 Quake Filmed As Roads Destroyed, People Panic

The 7.0 earthquake hit near Anchorage this morning, causing much panic, but thankfully, no reported injuries.

Aftermath of the earthquake in Alaska Friday morning, KTVA’s newsroom image taken by reporter Cassie Schirm.(Image credit: Twitter, Cassie Schirm)

Alaska was rocked with a 7.0 earthquake this morning, creating chaos and according to one witness, ‘anarchy.’

Workers ran into the streets as buildings shook and many people videotaped the violent shaking.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was centered about five miles north of Anchorage, which is the state’s largest city.

While some people panicked, many others were unfazed as the state experiences somewhere around 40,000 quakes a year, just not usually so strong.

“It was anarchy,” Brandon Slaton, a resident of nearby Kenai, Alaska, told the Associated Press. “There’s no pictures left on the walls, there’s no power, there’s no fish tank left. Everything that’s not tied down is broke.”

Fox News reported, “The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for the Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula shortly after the earthquake, but later canceled it. Police in Alaska’s Kodiak island community had told residents to head to higher ground.”

An AP reporter working in the city reported cracks in a 2-story building after the quake.

“People went back inside buildings after the earthquake, but a smaller aftershock a short time later sent them running back into the streets again.”

Slaton was alone and home and soaking in the bathtub when he said the quake created a powerful back-and-forth sloshing in the bathtub, which eventually threw him out of the tub, it was so violent.

He told reporters his 120-pound mastiff “panicked and tried to run down the stairs, but the house was swaying so much she was thrown off her feet and into a wall and tumbled to the base of the stairs.”

Another witness who spoke to the AP said it the most “violent” earthquake he’s experience in his 20 years in Anchorage.

Hank Graper explained that he was driving when the quake began, and thought he’d gotten a flat tire. He then thought his vehicle was going to explode until he saw traffic poles swaying.

“Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes due to tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific plate is sliding northwestward and plunges beneath the North American plate in southern Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands.

“On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the strongest recorded in U.S. history, centered about 75 miles east of Anchorage. The quake, which lasted about 4½ minutes, and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.”

Thankfully, in this instance, there have been no reported injuries.