A massive earthquake rocked Anchorage, Alaska, and here's what the damage looks like
On Friday morning, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rattled Anchorage, Alaska. Roads were cracked in half, items flew off the shelves in stores, and students were evacuated from schools. Initially, a tsunami warning was issued, but now that warning has been cancelled. The National Tsunami Warning Center says there is no danger of a destructive tsunami.
Aftershocks can be expected while officials try to evaluate the full extent of the damage. CNN reports that power to the Ted Stevens International Airport has been restored, and planes are being allowed to land again. As of this writing, there have been no reports of casualties. However, on social media, Alaskans have shared remarkable photos and videos of the damage.
@jlennyb said that the earthquake cracked his school in half.
Here's a video of what appears to be the same damaged road in the above photo. That driver stranded in the middle of the crumbling street had bad luck.
@AlaskaTugboater shared an intense video, recorded in his house while the earthquake was happening. His wife, son and dogs scramble for safety.
@cocoathebaddest photographed the significant damage to Vine Road.
@AlysonPetrie7 recorded a video of the aftermath, hiding under desks. She said she was "actually shaking," but not everyone in the room was terrified. Someone off-camera says, "That was sick!"
KTVA's Cassie Schirm tweeted a photo of their devastated newsroom.
In this supermarket, the pipes are broken, the alarm is going off, and products have spilled all over the floor.
The earthquake is over, but the ceiling lights are still swinging, an echo of the monstrous shaking that rocked the city.
To give a sense of perspective, the world's largest earthquake rocked Chile in 1960, and had a magnitude. of 9.5. Our thoughts are with the people of Anchorage, Alaska, and we hope that you are safe. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.