Powerful quakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 buckle Alaska roads

Magnitude 7.0 Quake Prompts Tsunami Warning In Alaska; No Threat To West Coast

Anchorage, Alaska was rocked by a 7.0 natural disaster Friday morning, and with the Northwest region primed for a quake of its own, it provided us with an interesting glimpse into what could be coming sooner rather than later.

Morning rush-hour traffic in Anchorage came to a standstill as authorities closed the only two highways in and out of town, and commuters struggled to make their way back home from a workday cut short by the 8:30 a.m. (12:30 EST/1730 GMT) quake. The tsunami warning has since been canceled. All local TV stations were reportedly knocked off the air.

The company said there was no damage to electricity generation infrastructure. The shaking damaged a few chimneys in Roxbury, Ebel said. The pipeline carries crude oil from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope to the port city of Valdez located about 150 miles east of Anchorage.

It was measured at a 6.8 magnitude, just a fraction below the 7.0 quake that hit Anchorage Friday. "And my daughter's teacher, after the 90 seconds were over, said, 'OK, it's time to sit down and finish your test'".

"After a major quake, I have issued a declaration of disaster & I have been in direct contact with the White House", Gov.

In comparison, the San Andreas fault in California slips about an inch to an inch-and-a-half each year, the USGS says.

International Airport Road near Ted Stevens has been damaged, the airport said via Twitter, advising motorists to use extreme caution.

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In a series of tweets, Mr Walker said: "After a major quake, I have issued a declaration of disaster & I have been in direct contact with the White House".

Trump tweeted: "To the Great people of Alaska".

Police officers were dispatched across the region to handle "multiple situations", the department said, although it did not elaborate beyond saying it was working with the school district to check on children there. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. "So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the natural disaster". Walker's statement concluded. "God bless Alaska".

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said the authorities were anxious about access to power following the quake.

The state also experienced the second-largest quake to ever hit the USA -- a 9.2-magnitude in 1964.

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined.

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