Tsunami alert for southern Alaska after quake

UPDATE 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Anchorage

Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage in Alaska.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said the main roadways around Anchorage may not be repaired until spring, which could hurt areas of the state dependent on the city as a port of entry for essential goods and services.

The are numerous reports of damage coming in. "Many homes and buildings are damaged". Some shoppers say many stores are closed - except those that serve liquor and wine. The driver was not injured attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road.

The National Weather Service also issued a tsunami warning soon after the 7.2 natural disaster, but it was pulled back a few hours later.

A photo posted by a reporter at KTVA showed a deserted newsroom, with the ceiling partially collapsed and debris scattered throughout. But not seeing any serious damage here aside from random stuff falling over.

Ward, president of the computer consulting firm Sockeye Business Solutions, said he hadn't been back to the office Friday afternoon to see if it sustained any damage but wasn't too anxious and was instead just glad to know his family was OK.

He said the quake created a powerful back-and-forth sloshing in the bathtub and before he knew it, he'd been thrown out of the tub by the force of the waves.

"It's winter. It's cold".

"I took him just in time before the TV fell on him", she recounted from an emergency shelter, where she took the boy and his two younger siblings afterwards.

Water lines and gas lines were broken. Traffic throughout the region is said to remain snarled.

California will not be affected, the center said.

Alaska has been hit by a number of powerful quakes over 7.0 in recent decades, including a 7.9 last January southeast of Kodiak Island.

The company said there was no damage to electricity generation infrastructure.

All flights in and out of the airport were suspended for hours after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower.

Murkowski, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, told Fox the main roadways leading to and from the airport are damaged badly and can not be repaired until spring.

The Anchorage School District did not report any damage to its buildings but said that parents could pick up children "when they feel it is safe to do so".

The Trans Alaska Pipeline, one of the longest crude oil pipelines in the world, was shut down as a precautionary measure so crews could inspect the system.

"To the Great people of Alaska". You have been hit hard by a 'big one, ' " President Trump said on Twitter.

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