Alaska earthquake: Here’s what the destruction looks like from the scene


A home security camera captured the moment a major earthquake shook a family in Palmer, Alaska. The quake struck at 8:29 am local time about seven miles north of Anchorage.

A Friday morning earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska caused widespread damage and briefly prompted a tsunami warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska.

The state’s governor quickly issued a disaster declaration as Anchorage’s major airport and more than 100 schools closed.


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In the wake of the major quake and following aftershocks, residents took to social media to share pictures of the destruction they witnessed. 

The quake splintered roads in some locations

About a mile from my house on Vine rd between KGB and Parks.

— David Ruffini (@SvrTroposphere) November 30, 2018

A Twitter user reported taking these photos about 25 miles northeast of Anchorage.

A local TV station’s newsroom sustained severe damage 

KTVA’s newsroom felt the blow of the earthquake this morning.

— Cassie Schirm (@cassieschirmtv) November 30, 2018

The station says it is continuing to livestream its broadcast

Video shows an exit ramp that collapsed underneath an SUV

Terrified attorneys working at a courthouse huddled as their building shook and lights flickered

This is what happened on the 6th floor of the Nesbett Courthouse during the Anchorage #earthquake. Both attorneys jumped under their desks. Evacuated the building after the shaking stopped.

— Heather Hintze (@HeatherHintze) November 30, 2018

In another floor of the building, metal detectors simultaneously sound the alarm as the floor shakes:

On the first floor for the second earthquake. The metal detectors all go off at the same time when the earth is moving, guard explained. Several new cracks reported in Nesbett Courthouse wall.

— Heather Hintze (@HeatherHintze) November 30, 2018

Books fell off their shelves and were left covering the floor of the Anchorage Library

EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: All APL locations are closed until further notice Friday 11-30-18. Please stay tuned for updates.

— Anchorage Library (@anchlibrary) November 30, 2018

‘This earthquake straight cracked my school in half,’ said one Twitter user

He tweeted a photo showing a cracked floor:

A West Anchorage homeowner posted video of his living room shuddering in the quake; in the background, a child screams

Family is safe, but that was scary! West Anchorage, Alaska

— Clay Butcher (@ClayButcher) November 30, 2018

Contributing: Chris Woodyard

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