A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook downtown Anchorage on Friday morning, damaging buildings and roads.
The earthquake, which had an epicenter about 8 miles north of the state’s largest city, struck around 8:30 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The National Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning after the quake, but later canceled it.
Brandon Slaton told The Associated Press he was soaking in a bathtub at his home in Kenai, Alaska, when the earthquake caused water in the tub to slosh back and forth. He said that "before he knew it, he'd been thrown out of the tub by the force of the waves."
"It was anarchy," Slaton told the AP. "There's no pictures left on the walls, there's no power, there's no fish tank left. Everything that's not tied down is broke."
President Donald Trump, who was in Argentina at the Group of 20 summit Friday, was briefed on the earthquake, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
“You have been hit by a ‘big one,’” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you.”
To the Great people of Alaska. You have been hit hard by a “big one.” Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. God Bless you ALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2018
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she and her family were safe after the temblor in a Twitter post.
“Our family is intact -- house is not... I imagine that’s the case for many, many others,” she wrote. “So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.”
🙏🏼 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
People took to social media to share images and videos of damage left by the quake.
Here’s the islanded car at the wrecked anchorage off ramp. pic.twitter.com/626As53hzF— Nat Herz (@Nat_Herz) November 30, 2018
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A few seconds after earthquake at @middlewaycafe @ktva pic.twitter.com/1AYrHHNCIm— Manny A. Creech (@KTVA_Manny) November 30, 2018
Sirens from Kodiak Alaska #Alaska #earthquake #alaskaearthquake pic.twitter.com/atPilYvLBU— Shawn (@sgdoestwitt) November 30, 2018
KTVA’s newsroom felt the blow of the earthquake this morning. #anchorage #alaska #earthquake #weather pic.twitter.com/d1SaxriGw9— Cassie Schirm (@cassieschirmtv) 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
There was just a MONSTER earthquake in Anchorage. I was getting coffee in a store at the time. Here's the shelves. pic.twitter.com/SqERuX7FRH— David Harper (@slicedfriedgold) November 30, 2018
Major quake here in Anchorage. You can see power outage across much of the city. Lots of damage. #earthquake #anchoragequake pic.twitter.com/nsgeoJf579— Don Rearden (@donrearden) November 30, 2018
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