Tsunami alert for southern Alaska after quake

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The quake, of a magnitude that is common in Alaska, was followed by numerous aftershocks, and climatologist Rick Thoman reported that he felt it in Fairbanks, about 350 miles north of Anchorage, a city of about 300,000 residents. People reportedly started going back inside buildings after the first quake rocked, only to send them running back outside when a 5.8 aftershock hit.

Two powerful back-to-back earthquakes rocked Alaska Friday, collapsing a large section of road near Anchorage, shattering windows opening cracks in downtown buildings.

The Anchorage Police Department said there was "major infrastructure damage" across the city, which is home to more than 294,000 people.

She said while the road to the airport was damaged, she believes her flight to Craig for the holidays next week will be no problem. Photos showed major damage to roads around Anchorage, with buckled and broken asphalt. A tsunami warning that had been issued for the island community of Kodiak has been canceled.

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The temblor sparked tsunami warnings for coastal areas of Alaska, including Cook Inlet and part of the Kenai Peninsula, but the alert area never extended as far south as British Columbia or Washington state.

The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake measured 9.2 on the Richter scale and took 3,000 lives.

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.

"There is quite a bit of damage across Anchorage", West said in a Facebook Live interview, according to the paper.

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Slaton said "It was anarchy. Everything that's not tied down broke".

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

"I could tell this was bigger than anything I'd been in before, and it wasn't going to stop", resident Philip Peterson said. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because the Earth's plates slide past each other under the region.

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