ANCHORAGE, Ak. - Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning.
The initial 7.0 magnitude quake shook the city just after 8:30 a.m. local time. More than 50 strong aftershocks continued to rattle the area all afternoon.
The tsunami warning sparked traffic jams as people tried to move to higher ground. The warning has since been canceled.
Power was knocked out to much of the state's largest city. Photos showed large sections of highways collapsed, cracks in buildings and grocery stores with merchandise knocked of the shelves.
Gov. Bill Walker has issued a declaration of disaster and said his office has been in touch with the White House. President Trump tweeted to the people of Alaska, promising the federal government will spare no expense in helping with the recovery.
(1/2) After a major earthquake, I have issued a declaration of disaster & I have been in direct contact with the White House. Major General Laurie Hummel & I are now working w emergency responders to make sure Alaskans are safe.— Governor Bill Walker (@AkGovBillWalker) November 30, 2018
Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted that her family "is intact -- house is not."
🙏🏼 for Alaska. Our family is intact - house is not... I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) November 30, 2018
The earthquake struck just as school started Friday, sending students starting their days diving for cover under desks and chairs.
There have been no reports yet of injuries, through crews are still working to get to some of the most affected areas. Anchorage Public Schools announced Friday afternoon that all schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday while officials assess damage.
Airports were also closed Friday, though some appeared to have reopened in a limited way by Friday afternoon.
Images posted to social media showed the widespread damage:
This is the only highway from Anchorage to Wasilla/Palmer and the rest of north and eas Alaska after this morning's earthquake pic.twitter.com/5gLk7qcRd3— Gerry Breshears (@gbreshears) November 30, 2018
7.2 earthquake here in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a video my dad took from the Minnesota exit ramp from international. 😰😰 pic.twitter.com/1yOGj3yz9q— sarah m (@sarahh_mars) November 30, 2018
This is what happened on the 6th floor of the Nesbett Courthouse during the Anchorage #earthquake. Both attorneys jumped under their desks. Evacuated the building after the shaking stopped. pic.twitter.com/dqHGPCv6XO— Heather Hintze (@HeatherHintze) November 30, 2018
Footage from Snapchat maps on the earthquake in Anchorage. pic.twitter.com/5TPoHfpT7N— ThorneSC (@ThorneSC) November 30, 2018
Oh my god this is Vine road. That earthquake was a real one. Stay safe anchorage fam 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Ax8v6VzcIA— 2natez (@natethegreat118) November 30, 2018
Ceiling is falling down pic.twitter.com/ZPY6fhEPrp— Chase (@Chase_AK) November 30, 2018
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