7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Anchorage, Alaska

Earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 hits Anchorage, Alaska On Friday which damaged highways and buildings.

The quake rock about eight miles north of Anchorage, located about eight miles (13 kilometers) north of Anchorage and struck at 8:29 am local time (1729 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

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

According to Anchorage Daily News, the Glenn Highway had closed north of Eagle River because of damage, and an onramp at the interchange of International Airport Road and Minnesota Boulevard collapsed.

On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a size 9.2 earthquake, the most grounded recorded in U.S. history, focused around 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage. The earthquake,, which kept going about 4½ minutes, and tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

The earthquake is believed to have caused four structure fires, and there were reports of some structural collapse, said Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey. There were widespread reports of low-level structural damage, “but at this point we are not aware of catastrophic losses, which is good news,” he said.

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