November 30 2018
A major earthquake was recorded 8 miles north of Anchorage Alaska. It was measured by USGS at 7.0 M at 12:29 PM EST; 8:29 AM local time, and there has already been a 5.8 M aftershock. This area was in the dark as the sun rises around 10 AM this time of year. A tsunami warning was triggered, but most of the city of Anchorage is 1`00 Ft above sea level. See the images below.
This was strong enough to sway buildings and close the airport. They are reporting road damage outside of their terminals. Images and video are starting to flood social media.
Video: Cracked Roads
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
This is one of many cracked roads in the region
Alyson Petrie, student in school recorded this as it was happening
Earthquake just happened right now i ’m actually shaking pic.twitter.com/PoZGOlJGWS
— Alyson Petrie (@AlysonPetrie7) November 30, 2018
The KTVA Newsroom was a mess of damage after the quake
— Cassie Schirm (@cassieschirmtv) November 30, 2018
This triggered a local tsunami warning, but reading the reports it is not expect to be a Pacific wide event. While this map below does show the propagating wave, it is not expected to cause problems in Hawaii or the US west coast.
Tsunami Warning in Effect for; * COASTAL AREAS OF COOK INLET AND SOUTHERN KENAI PENINSULA IN ALASKA For other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated. Further information will be provided in supplementary messages.
TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1 NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 739 AM HST FRI NOV 30 2018 TO - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 0729 AM HST 30 NOV 2018 COORDINATES - 61.3 NORTH 149.9 WEST LOCATION - SOUTHERN ALASKA MAGNITUDE - 7.0 MOMENT EVALUATION BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.
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