'Major' damage, tsunami warning issued after severe magnitude

Minnie Murray
December 1, 2018

A tow truck holds a vehicle that was pulled from on an off-ramp that collapsed during a morning quake on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska.

"It was a whole different realm", she said. Tobia said she was confident they would reopen by the afternoon when the lights were back on and employees had a chance to clean up their own homes. The pair fled their cabins in the Spenard neighborhood after the tsunami warning.

President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency, ordering US government assistance in the quake response and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, the White House said. Because natural disaster magnitude is measured on a logarithmic scale, the 1964 quake was more than 150 times bigger and almost 2,000 times stronger (in terms of energy release) than today's quake. Harper said the quake was "significant enough that the people who were outside were actively hugging each other".

A magnitude 7 quake struck Alaska early Friday, shutting the state's most important oil pipeline and curbing operations at Anchorage's airport.

One-time vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin indicted through a tweet following Friday's quake in Anchorage that her home in nearby Wasilla was damaged, but her family was not harmed.

"I was just sitting at my desk and it just violently started to shake", Stoudt said. Schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su will remain closed until Wednesday so officials can assess the damage.

RAW VIDEO Damage from the earthquake shared on social media sites
RAW VIDEO Damage from the earthquake shared

Photographs posted to social media sites showed damage that included collapsed ceiling tiles at an Anchorage high school and buckled roads.

In comparison, the San Andreas fault in California slips about an inch to an inch-and-a-half each year, the USGS says. In this case, the Pacific Plate is pushing northwest and sliding underneath the North American Plate, Ebel said.

Police in Alaska's island community of Kodiak say residents are heeding advice to head to higher ground because of the tsunami warning.

One of the most powerful quakes ever recorded, measuring 9.2 on the magnitude scale, hit Anchorage in 1964.

This article was written by Mark Berman and Angela Fritz, reporters for The Washington Post, and freelance reporter Jeannette Lee Falsey.

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