Hundreds of Aftershocks Fray Nerves After Alaska Quake

04 Décembre, 2018, 07:45 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS           Al and Lyn Matthews show structural cracks in their home in south Anchorage Alaska following earthquakes on Friday

"Many homes and buildings are damaged". Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because the Earth's plates slide past each other under the region, but it is rare for major quakes to strike so close heavily populated areas.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the extent of damage was "relatively small" considering the scale of Friday's natural disaster.

A 7.0 magnitude quake on Friday caused widespread damage to roads, leaving sinkholes and buckled pavement, in the Anchorage area, especially on the scenic Glenn Highway.

Life is slowly settling down in Alaska following a powerful natural disaster that rattled buildings, disrupted power and caused heavy damage to the only highway that goes north of Anchorage. Chile's magnitude 9.5 quake in 1960 is the largest ever recorded, according to the USGS. Workers there were in the process of unloading fuel from a tanker when the quake hit, Falsey said.

A vehicle is trapped on a collapsed section of the offramp of Minnesota Drive in Anchorage, Nov. 30, 2018.

He said the city, the largest in Alaska, is returning to normal.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported, the mayor confirmed to the network.

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City officials said at a Sunday news conference that damage assessment continues at the Port of Anchorage, but at least one major cargo company is unloading as normal.

"Every one of those in a normal course would have been a real "no kidding" Alaska natural disaster".

The large quake affected many roads around the Anchorage area.

A seismic expert said Alaska uses the most stringent standards to help buildings withstand earthquakes.

It also mandates structural connections - such as beams and columns - be reinforced to resist damage from shaking, said Strait, seismic program coordinator for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) Alaska oil pipeline. "So for a lot of people in town, this event has not ended", he said.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, sewer and water systems are once again fully operational, shelters have been set up for those in need, and Merrill Field Airport tower is now repaired.

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