The quake struck 8:30 m local time about 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, at a depth of 21 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tsunami alert was interrupted later.
Social media and television video depicted scenes of chaos, including students who took shelter under the desk while sending texts from their phones, roads that had been tense, stuff stolen from supermarket shelves, hospital workers scrambling for cover and panic attorneys under the desk as a courtroom rocked from side to side.
The quake also tapped CNN affiliate KTUU outside the air. Posts dropped from shelves at the station, news director Tracy Sabo told CNN’s Sara Finch.
“It was absolutely scary,” told Kristin Dossett, a resident of Palmer, Alaska, for CNN.
She said it was the most violent shaking she felt in her 37 years there. An aftershock allowed her piano to move one foot and half from the wall.
“It shook like I never felt anything shaking before. It just ended. It continued and became harder and higher, and it just went everywhere ̵
1; everything from my agencies, from my bookshelves, my kitchen cabinet. Just broken glass everywhere. ”
.gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration, according to a post on his Facebook page.
To date, there were no reports of death or injury.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District said that all district students were safe.
The U.S. Geological Survey has reported at least eight aftershocks after the first earthquake. The largest, registers 5.7, was located in the city of Anchorage.
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The Enforcement Management Office urged residents to protect themselves in place.
“I could say that it was bigger than I previously was and could not stay,” resident Philip Peterson said.
Peterson was in a multi-way building in central Anchorage as the structure swung and coffee mugs fell from tables and tiles from the ceiling.
“I just jumped under my desk and had to ride it out,” said Peterson.
Michael West, Alaska’s state seismologist, told the CNN 7.0 earthquake that felt up to 400 miles outside of Anchorage. West said that reports of damage across the region are starting to arrive at the Alaska Earthquake Information Source.
The White House said via Twitter that President Donald Trump, who was in Argentina, was informed of the disaster.
The former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted that her house was not intact after the trembling but did not develop specific injuries.
“[Pray] for Alaska. Our family is intact – the house is not … I think that’s the case for many, many others. So grateful to be sure, pray for our state after the earthquake, “she said on her verified Twitter account.
Dena in the Civic and Convention Center at the center Anchorage was opened as a safe protection for people who could not come home.
Two of the city’s main hospitals – Alaska Regional and Providence Alaska Medical Center – Earthquake Damage, according to hospital officials.
Police Department for Anchoring said in a statement that it was dealing with “multiple situations” and reported “major infrastructure damage
The Federal Aviation Administration conducted a groundbreak for flights to Ted Stevens airport.
“We do not yet know when flights to Anchorage will continue,” said FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer.
Four airports were closed. : Ted Stevens International Airport, Adak Airport, Merrill Field Airport and Fort Richardson Airport.
FAA said that the tower at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was evacuated.
The international airport near Ted Stevens has been damaged, the airport said via Twitter and advised drivers to be extremely careful.
Blair Braverman said she lived in a hotel with her husband when the earthquake struck. She grew up in California and was acquainted with earthquakes “but that was the next level,” she said.
“The bed started shaking, everything shook so dramatically,” she told CNN.
“My husband’s kind creeped over the room and threw himself over me and we crept into the bathroom together and waited for it in the doorway and waited for aftershock.”
Reporters at CNN Affiliate KTVA described falling windows at the station’s office.
“The structure of the roof just went together,” said one of them. “We can not even get into our studio right now. There were computers flying, cameras crashing over.”
The NOAA warning had said that “for other American and Canadian Pacific North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated. Further information will be provided in additional messages.”
The Tsunami Warning Center later interrupted the warnings.
CNNs Shawn Nottingham, Chuck Johnston, Keith Allen and Matthew Hilk contributed to this report.