This photo provided by Chris Riekena shows that the excavation work was conducted on Saturday, December 1, 2018 near the…
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Life slowly descends into Alaska after a powerful earthquake that destroyed buildings, interfering with power and caused major damage to the only road that goes north of Anchorage.
Still hundreds of scales nerve Saturday when people were worried to catch themselves in more massive shakers.
“They disturb each other, and I do not leave anything that can fall until they calm down,” said Randall Cavanaugh, an anchor lawyer after a restless night at home. “I continued to wake up.”
Employees living in communities north of Anchorage have been encouraged to see if they can take Monday or work from home to reduce the number of cars on Glenn Highway as crew repair damage.
Motorists who tried to go north on Friday were in virtual mode on the highway.
.gov. Bill Walker, who leaves office on Monday, has given government office workers in the Anchorage area the day to facilitate congestion.
“Although we make very significant progress on highway travel, it would still be necessary for us to see if we can keep the volume down,” said Communist Bill Falsey at a press conference.
The size 7.0 shake did not cause extensive damage to structures or collapsed buildings. There is a good reason for that.
An earthquake earthquake from Alaska in 1964 – the strongest on record in the United States – led to stricter construction codes that helped the structures resist the shifting earth on Friday.
A seismic expert said Alaska and California
Sterling Strait, member of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, said the states use the International Building Code, considered the best available standard for seismic safety.
Buildings are required to be designed to withstand possible ground movement determined by site and earthquake stories.
It also calls for structural links – columns and columns – strengthened to resist shake shake, said Strait, seychic program coordinator for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the Alaska oil pipeline 800 kilometers (1,287 kilometers).
Walker sometimes said people, including oneself, freaking about stringent building codes. But he is glad that they were in place because he only had less water damage in his home.
“Building codes mean something,” he said.
The quake was centered about 12 miles north of Anchorage has a population of approximately 300,000. People ran from their office or boarded under a desk. A 5.7 after shock followed within minutes. Then a series of less shakes came.
There were about 550 aftershocks, including 11 with greats of 4.5 or higher, in the 24 hours following temblor on Friday.
The aftermath should be weaker and less frequent in the coming days, but officials could not say for sure when they should end.
Anchor Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the extent of the damage was “relatively small” given the extent of Friday’s earthquake. He also credited building codes to minimize structural damage.
Roads took the shadow off the damage. The Alaska Department of Transportation estimated about 50 sites with damage, including eight considered large. Most of the damage was made to highways north of Anchorage. The agency also planned to carry out bridge inspections.
Earthquake damage also prevented Alaska Railroad trains from making the trip between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The journey is 350 miles (563 kilometers) each.