An earthquake, measuring 7.0 magnitude, just hit the area of Anchorage in Alaska, and the pictures from the scene are terrifying.
The full extent of the damage wreaked by the earthquake isn’t clear yet, but photos being shared on social media show just some of the destruction the earthquake has already caused.
According to reports and photos from the scene, roads have been completely torn up and destroyed, while schools were evacuated, and airports were instructing planes to find somewhere else to land.
After the earthquake, the National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula.
Posting to Twitter, one person wrote:
This earthquake straight cracked my school in half
This earthquake straight cracked my school in half pic.twitter.com/kdm1O1yjb6
— Josh Bierma (@jlennyb) November 30, 2018
While a picture of a snow-covered road, completely torn up after the earthquake, looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic drama:
John Bellini, a seismologist for the U.S Geological Survey said, via USA Today:
This is a large earthquake and there have been numerous aftershocks.
The preliminary magnitude of the earthquake was 7.0, while the largest aftershock was 5.7 magnitude, which occurred around six minutes after the first shock.
The quake happened at around 8.30am local time, roughly seven miles north of Anchorage. Injuries have been reported, though numbers are currently unknown.
Earthquake just happened right now i ’m actually shaking pic.twitter.com/PoZGOlJGWS
— Alyson Petrie (@AlysonPetrie7) November 30, 2018
Everyone just sprinted out of the coffee shop I was at in anchorage in the middle of a huge earthquake pic.twitter.com/IRxBA3Y4EE
— Nat Herz (@Nat_Herz) November 30, 2018
Alaska resident Philip Peterson told CNN:
I could tell this was bigger than anything I’d been in before, and it wasn’t going to stop. I just jumped under my desk and had to ride it out.
Another person, Blair Braverman, who was staying in a hotel at the time, said ‘this was next-level’:
The bed started shaking, everything was shaking so dramatically. My husband sort of crawled across the room and threw himself on top of me and we crawled to the bathroom together and waited it out in the doorway and waited out the aftershocks.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in Alaska, the state reportedly averages 40,000 a year, more than the rest of the United States combined.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.