Trans-Alaska pipeline shut down after quake

Trans-Alaska pipeline shut down after quake

Trans-Alaska pipeline shut down after quake

A powerful natural disaster shook southern Alaska on Friday morning, buckling roads, disrupting traffic and knocking television stations off the air in the state's largest city, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Michael Burgy, a senior technician with the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said the warning was automatically generated based on the quake's size and proximity to shore. It started fires and collapsed the ceiling of a local news TV station. Damage is still being assessed, but local police have said it caused "major infrastructure damage across Anchorage".

Roads were clogged with traffic after the quakes knocked out power to some streetlights in Anchorage and disabled the Glenn Highway, a major artery connecting Anchorage with bedroom communities to the north, effectively trapping commuters in the city.

The quake happened Friday morning with an epicenter about five-miles north of Anchorage.

"The President has been briefed on the quake near Anchorage, Alaska, and is monitoring damage reports", wrote Sanders. "But we know that a tragedy of this magnitude is going to require outside resources", she said.

Senior center technician Michael Burgy says gauges are being monitored to determine if any underwater landslides have generated tsunami waves.

The White House says President Donald Trump has been briefed about the natural disaster.

"To the Great people of Alaska". Walker's statement concluded. "God bless Alaska".

The FAA said the tower at Ted Stevens was evacuated at one point.

Alaska averages about 40,000 earthquakes per year, with the southern part of the state at higher rates because the tectonic plates slide past each other under that region.

Kirk Kullberg said his house was a mess after the quake. "Alaska does not trigger California quakes and vice versa".

A video posted to Twitter showed a buckled road on a highway exit ramp leading to the airport and a stranded vehicle.

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

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