Massive Earthquake Hits Alaska, But Tsunami Risk Subsides


President Trump has been briefed on the situation in Alaska and a tsunami warning has been canceled after a powerful quake rocked the state's largest city.

"From the incident command center established at Joint Base Elmendorf and Richardson we are closely monitoring reports of aftershocks and assessing damage to roads, bridges and buildings".

Officials had issued a tsunami warning shortly after the natural disaster, fearing that vertical movement of the ocean floor could result in massive waves hitting shore, but the warning was later rescinded.

According to reports, the quake completely destroyed local news station KTUU.

NBC News reported that Anchorage Police sent out a warning about "major infrastructure damage across" the city, following the quake. He was in an elevator in a high-rise Anchorage office building and said it was a "rough ride" coming down.

A vehicle is stranded, trapped in between cracks after the 7.0 magnitude quake hit Anchorage in Alaska.

Cracks could be seen in a two-story downtown Anchorage building, and photographs posted to social media showed fractured roads and collapsed ceiling tiles at an Anchorage high school.

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"The main thought that was going through my head as I was trying to get out the door was, 'I want this to stop,"' he said.

Jones said that future quake would be associated with Friday's natural disaster.

One of the most powerful quakes ever recorded, measuring 9.2 on the magnitude scale, hit Anchorage in 1964. No tankers were at the terminal when the quake struck and "everything is fine down there", Egan said.

The center said Friday that the warning was in effect for parts of the state's Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai peninsula.

The state averages 40,000 earthquakes a year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined. You have been hit hard by a 'big one.' Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you.

Murkowski, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, told Fox the main roadways leading to and from the airport are damaged badly and can not be repaired until spring. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport remains open, and some flights were still able to depart, but the Federal Aviation Administration said it had halted inbound flights.