Alaska Rocked by Powerful 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake


A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just north of Anchorage, Alaska on Friday morning, at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The Anchorage Police Department said in a release, “There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged. Many roads and bridges are closed.

“Stay off the roads if you don’t need to drive. Seek a safe shelter. Check on your surroundings and loved ones.”

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The APD release further said that officers had been dispatched throughout the area and are in the midst of “handling multiple situations.”

The Weather Channel reported that the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning urging residents to seek higher ground.

The warning has since been canceled.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that the Anchorage School District sent an alert that said the students were safe and asked parents to pick up their children when they feel safe.

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The Seward Highway — the only southern route out of Anchorage — was closed due to a rockslide, according to the news outlet.

The Glenn Highway running north of Anchorage to the Mat-Su Valley, where Wasilla and Palmer are located, also experienced major damage, making at least one direction impassable.

Wasilla and Palmer serve as bedroom communities for thousands who work in Anchorage, the state’s major population center with approximately 300,000 people.

The largest electricity provider in the region said there are “power outages throughout” its system.

Many people posted images on social media of the earthquake’s impact.

The CBS News affiliate KTVA saw significant damage to its newsroom.

Friday’s quake is reportedly the largest to strike The Last Frontier since “The Great Alaskan Earthquake” in 1964.

According to the Associated Press, “On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the strongest recorded in U.S. history, centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage. The quake, which lasted about 4½ minutes, and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.”

President Donald Trump tweeted from the G-20 Summit in Argentina on Friday, “To the Great people of Alaska. You have been hit hard by a ‘big one.’ Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. God Bless you ALL!”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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