7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage

A devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Alaska early Friday morning, ripping apart roads, swaying buildings, and sending locals running for cover.

The powerful temblor struck in Anchorage at 8.29am Alaska time, causing frightened locals to hide under desks and random pieces of furniture for shelter.

Officials announced a tsunami warning then canceled it after checking for potential underwater landslides and determining there was no threat.

The White House said President Donald Trump, who is in Argentina for the G20 Summit, has been briefed on the earthquake and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted ‘We are praying for the safety of all Alaskans’ on Friday. 

There have been no immediate reports of deaths or injuries from the temblor.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has declared a state of emergency. 

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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. pic.twitter.com/dqHGPCv6XO

A fierce 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska early Friday morning. The temblor completely broke up Vine Road in Wasilla, destroying the only road connecting Wasilla to Anchorage

A closer look reveals how the forceful shake cracked the asphalt road followed by at least eight aftershocks that added to the damage

This car was stuck on a section of an offramp on Minnesota Drive after the road collapsed in front of it

Another view of Minnesota Drive shows how these passengers were stranded on the crumpled and collapsed road 

The newsroom of local station KTVA was completely destroyed in the temblor with roof tiles falling in and furniture strewn about following the 7.0 magnitude shake and eight powerful aftershocks

Attorneys on the sixth floor of the Nesbett Courthouse ran for cover under their desks when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake suddenly shook Anchorage on Friday at 8.29am, swaying and destroying buildings and ripping apart roads 

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‘After a major earthquake, I have issued a declaration of disaster & I have been in direct contact with the White House. Major General Laurie Hummel & I are now working w emergency responders to make sure Alaskans are safe,’ he posted on Twitter.  

Police are warning residents of the 6,000-strong island community of Kodiak to head to higher ground despite cancelling the tsunami warnings. 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the heart of the quake took place just seven miles north of Alaska’s largest city and was initially measured as a 6.7 magnitude earthquake but was later boosted to a magnitude of 7.0.

The state’s seismologist Michael West said the shock was felt up to 400 miles outside of Anchorage. 

The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management is urging people to find shelter. 

‘I could tell this was bigger than anything I’d been in before, and it wasn’t going to stop, resident Phillip Peterson said to WTVR. 

He was in a multistory building in downtown Anchorage that started to suddenly sway when the shake temblor hit, causing roof tiles to fall in. 

‘I just jumped under my desk and had to ride it out,’ he added.  

Staff at the Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine in Anchorage scrambled to pick up the mess left by the violent earthquake

Dennis Keeling measures a broken window at his auto parts store following the massive earthquake on Friday morning 

Gas stations saw long lines after the earthquake struck on Friday morning

The library at Mat-Su College in Anchorage was destroyed following the earthquake, with ceiling tiles falling in and books dumped off shelves 

A closer look at the shelves at the library shows how strong shake threw a myriad of books onto the floor 

Destroyed The computer area of the Mat-Su College library was also destroyed after the ceiling fell in and paintings on the wall were shaken askew 

The damage of the massive earthquake that struck Anchorage, Alaska on Friday morning pictured above, breaking kitchen cabinet doors and shattering dishes in this local’s home

The earthquake and at least eight aftershocks – including one of 5.8 magnitude – swayed trees and lampposts and knocked food off of their shelves at this local grocery store in Anchorage

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The quake was so strong it cracked buildings and knocked local news station KTUU off air.  Several highway and local roads crumbled in the temblor, stranding cars in the asphalt mess. The shake also broke up the only road connecting Anchorage and the nearby towns of Wasilla and Palmer.

Power outages, floods from water main breaks, rock slides, and closed roads were reported in the quake, according to Geek Wire. 

Shocking images on social media show people hiding under desks as their rooms shake, groceries tumbling off of their shelves at local markets, and roads ripped apart by the natural disaster.   

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was also affected, tweeting on Friday saying that her house was torn apart in the vicious shake. 

‘Our family is intact – house is not… I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake,’ she wrote. 

Brandon Slaton of Kenai southwest of Anchorage called the earthquake complete chaos. 

‘It was anarchy. There’s no pictures left on the walls, there’s no power, there’s no fish tank left. Everything that’s not tied down is broke,’ he said to ABC. 

David Harper, of Anchorage, said the temblor was ‘significant enough that the people who were outside were actively hugging each other. You could tell that it was a bad one.’

‘The main thought that was going through my head as I was trying to get out the door was, I want this to stop,’ he added.  

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The earthquake struck at 8.29am, with its center located just seven miles away from Anchorage, the biggest city in Alaska

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the heart of the quake took place seven miles north of Alaska’s largest city and was initially deemed a 6.6 earthquake that later escalated to a 7.0 magnitude

The state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the temblor disrupted some communications and electrical service. 

As a result of the shake, the Anchorage School District cancelled classes for its more than 100 schools and asked parents to retrieve their children.  

Operations at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport have also stopped and the telephone service is out at the airport.   

At least eight aftershocks rippled through the city after the earthquake hit, the largest one measuring 5.8 magnitude in Anchorage hitting just five minutes after the temblor.

According to the NOAA alert, ‘for other U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated.’

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, which is more large quakes than the other 49 states of the U.S. combined. 

Southern Alaska is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes as it’s located directly above tectonic plates sliding past each other. 

The strongest earthquake in U.S. history took place in Alaska in March 27, 1964 when a 9.2 earthquake devastated the region then triggered a deadly tsunami that killed 130 people.  

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