ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — (11-30-18) — A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked southern Alaska with its epicenter just north of Anchorage. A tsunami warning was temporarily issued for coastal regions of Cook Inlet and Southern Kenai Peninsula. Thankfully, that tsunami warning has now been canceled.

The 7.0 earthquake hit just before 8:30 a.m. local time (9:29 p.m. PT). The epicenter was 8 miles north of Anchorage, at a depth of 25 miles, estimates are reporting.  After shocks are estimated to be between 5.6 to 5.8 magnitude. So far, over 15 after shocks have taken place.


The area has been rocked by a series of aftershocks with some feeling like another major earthquake.

The original earthquake powerfully rocked Anchorage which is the most populous city in Alaska. Several businesses and schools in the city have closed for the day.

“I’ve been here 11 years and I’ve felt movers before, but that scared me s***less,” Anchorage resident Kevin Bartley told reporter Nat Herz of Alaska Public Media. “That’s the quickest I’ve ever seen one come on and the hardest I’ve ever seen it shake. The transformers were blowing up … It felt like for a minute we might watch that ground open up,” said Bartley.

The lead in photo shows the extensive damage to a freeway ramp that provides access to the Anchorage International Airport.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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