Powerful natural disaster rattles Alaska, no injuries reported

Powerful natural disaster rattles Alaska, no injuries reported

Powerful natural disaster rattles Alaska, no injuries reported

Allison Susel, the acting principal at Chugiak High School in Chugiak, Alaska, surveys damage following the magnitude 7.0 natural disaster, on November 30, 2018.

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It was measured at a 6.8 magnitude, just a fraction below the 7.0 quake that hit Anchorage Friday. A 5.7 aftershock followed within minutes.

A tsunami warning was issued for the Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula following the massive quake but was quickly lifted.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed about the quake and was monitoring damage reports.

Dozens of small temblors shook parts of Alaska Saturday, a day after a powerful 7.0-magnitude quake buckled roads, damaged buildings, knocked out power and frayed nerves, according to reports.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the extent of damage was "relatively small" considering the scale of Friday's natural disaster.

Damage was widespread to buildings, homes, and roads.

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There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but there appears to be plenty of damage, including at the newsroom of local CBS affiliate KTVA.

At present, three overnight emergency shelters in Anchorage, Chugiak and Wasilla have been opened by the Red Cross of Alaska.

A series of aftershocks were recorded following the initial shock, which had a depth of 40.9 kilometres, the USGS said.

"One of those earthquakes, a magnitude 7.8 quake near Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958, triggered a landslide that sent water 1,720 feet up an adjacent mountainside, one of the highest recorded run-ups of a tsunami", the USGS says.

In an audio recording posted online, an air traffic controller could be heard telling a FedEx cargo plane to go around - abort its landing - as the quake hit.

"The aftershocks of the one today have been worse than any natural disaster I've ever been in before", he said. Delays came as drivers were diverted around road damage on temporary detours or the highway was reduced to one lane while crews try to reconstruct the roadway after the temblor caused sinkholes and buckled pavement. They added that the epicenter of the quake appeared to be located 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of Anchorage.

Roads and bridges appeared to have been hardest hit. The railroad will use heavy equipment to fix the damage before it can resume train traffic between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska's two largest cities. It and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

"People who were outside were actively hugging each other", he said.

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