The power of Alaska’s earthquake: Dramatic aerial images show devastated roads cracked by the two earthquakes that rocked the state and sparked a tsunami warning

Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered roads and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage
The quake broke store windows, knocked items off shelves, opened cracks in a two-story, downtown building, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic and threw a grown man out of his tub
Flights were suspended after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of a control tower
The 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage
Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their kids as it examined buildings

1 December 2018

Shocking aerial images of shown the devastating impact the earthquakes in Alaska had on the roads and landscape.

The tremors that struck the state on early Friday morning decimated stretches of road, and made them impassible,

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 also rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000.

People ran from their offices or took cover under desks. The 5.7 aftershock arrived within minutes, followed by a series of smaller quakes.

‘We just hung onto each other. You couldn’t even stand,’ said Sheila Bailey, who was working at a high school cafeteria in Palmer when the quake struck. ‘It sounded and felt like the school was breaking apart.’

A large section of an off-ramp near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking.

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