7.0 magnitude natural disaster triggers Tsunami warning in Alaska

7.0 magnitude natural disaster triggers Tsunami warning in Alaska

7.0 magnitude natural disaster triggers Tsunami warning in Alaska

A powerful 7.0 magnitude quake that rocked Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday shook buildings, collapsed roads and triggered at least nine aftershocks - producing plenty of dramatic images in the process.

Officials eventually canceled a tsunami warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska after the quake.

Photos and video of destroyed roads and massive internal building damage began streaming onto the Internet shortly after the quake, showing trashed rooms. All local TV stations were reportedly knocked off the air. Fortunately though, there wasn't too much cleaning up to do for the Wards, as Eric said the only damage their house sustained was a fallen dresser and some pictures that slipped off the wall.

Cracks could be seen in a two-story downtown Anchorage building.

A former Deltona resident now living in Alaska sent us a photo of a buckled road in Anchorage, at Minnesota Drive and International Airport Road.

"Because we don't have a big historic catalog of big earthquakes in the Puget Sound area, we have a lot of old, unsafe buildings that have not been retrofit and strengthened yet", Steele said.

People went back inside buildings after the quake but a smaller aftershock later sent them running back into the streets again.

Enstar Natural Gas company asked residents to beware of gas leaks while the main water company said there had been water main breaks.

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The temblor hit 8 miles north of Anchorage. "Alaska does not trigger California quakes and vice versa".

Another lawyer, Hank Graper, was driving when the quake struck.

She says data will be assessed at an operations center and a physical inspection of the line will be performed.

The airport also confirmed that roads to the airport have been damaged.

On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 natural disaster, the strongest recorded in US history, centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage.

The state averages 40,000 earthquakes a year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has diverted some planes and grounded several others.

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