A tsunami warning has been cancelled in Alaska after the state was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake early Friday morning.
The earthquake struck in Anchorage at 8.29am Alaska time, rocking trees and swaying lampposts and leading people to run out of their offices or hide under their desks for shelter.
A tsunami warning was initially issued and expected to affect Alaska’s Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula.
Officials monitored gauges to see if any underwater landslides would generate tsunami waves. There were none and the warning was then cancelled.
A fierce 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska early Friday morning, collapsing a section of an offramp on Minnesota Drive. A trapped car off of the collapsed section of Minnesota drive pictured above
The newsroom of local station KTVA was completely destroyed in the temblor with roof tiles falling in and furniture strewn about following the 7.0 magnitude shake and eight powerful aftershocks
The earthquake and four aftershocks – including one of 5.8 magnitude – swayed trees and lampposts and knocked food off of their shelves at this local grocery store in Anchorage
The library at Mat-Su College in Anchorage was destroyed following the earthquake, with ceiling tiles falling in and books dumped off shelves
A closer look at the shelves at the library shows how strong shake threw a myriad of books onto the floor
Destroyed: The computer area of the Mat-Su College library was also destroyed after the ceiling fell in and paintings on the wall were shaken askew
The damage of the massive earthquake that struck Anchorage, Alaska on Friday morning pictured above, breaking kitchen cabinet doors and shattering dishes in this local’s home
National Tsunami Warning Center senior technician Michael Burgy said the tsunami warning was automatically generated.
However, police are warning residents of the 6,000-strong island community of Kodiak to head to higher ground.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the heart of the quake took place just seven miles north of Alaska’s largest city and was initially a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and was later boosted to a magnitude of 7.0.
The state’s seismologist Michael West said the shock was felt up to 400 miles outside of Anchorage.
The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management is urging people to find shelter.
‘I could tell this was bigger than anything I’d been in before, and it wasn’t going to stop, resident Phillip Peterson said to CNN.
He was in a multistory building in downtown Anchorage that started to suddenly sway when the shake temblor hit, causing roof tiles to fall in.
‘I just jumped under my desk and had to ride it out,’ he added.
The quake was so strong it cracked buildings and knocked local news station KTUU off air.
An exit ramp on the Minnesota Drive highway crumbled in the quake, leaving a car stranded in the destroyed road.
Power outages, floods from water main breaks, rock slides, and closed roads were reported in the quake, according to Geek Wire.
The earthquake struck at 8.29am, with its center located just seven miles away from Anchorage, the biggest city in Alaska
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the heart of the quake took place seven miles north of Alaska’s largest city and was initially deemed a 6.6 earthquake that later escalated to a 7.0 magnitude
The state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the temblor disrupted some communications and electrical service.
There have been no immediate reports of deaths or injuries from the shake.
At least eight aftershocks rippled through the city after the earthquake hit, the largest one measuring 5.8 magnitude in Anchorage.
According to the NOAA alert, ‘for other U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated.’
Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, which is more large quakes than the other 49 states of the U.S. combined.
Southern Alaska is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes as it’s located directly above tectonic plates sliding past each other.
The strongest earthquake in U.S. history took place in Alaska in March 27, 1964 when a 9.2 earthquake devastated the region then triggered a deadly tsunami that killed 130 people.