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A 7.0 quake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday (November 30) morning, which crumbled roads, damaged buildings, and sent residents running for cover.
"But in terms of a disaster, I think it says more about who we are than what we suffered".
There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries following Friday's quake near Anchorage and a 5.7 aftershock minutes later.
The largest quake in USA history occurred in Anchorage in 1964.
His 120-pound mastiff panicked and tried to run down the stairs, but the house was swaying so much that the dog was thrown off its feet and into a wall and tumbled to the base of the stairs, Slaton said. Dr. Lucy Jones of the California Institute of Technology says a quake of this magnitude will often stay in sequence at 5.8 on average.
"That would have given people a shake and probably a bit of a scare given what they went through yesterday". Holy A. Bell, books and ceiling tiles litter the floor at the The Mat-Su College library in Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30, 2018, after a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster.
Empty shelves where bread is normally located are shown at a grocery store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, two days after a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster was centered about 7 miles north of the city. Many roads were buckled and ripped apart into jagged cliffs. "That's why it has caused the damage that we're seeing". Most of the damage was done to highways north of Anchorage.
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Just in the last century alone, movement between the tectonic plates at the fault line has caused six earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater. In court, panicked attorneys scurried under tables as a room rocked from side to side.
"It was very loud when it came", said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.
"Even though we are making very significant progress on the highway travel, it would still behoove all of us to see if we can keep the volumes down", Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said at a news conference.
But, Baldwin said, while the whole of the contiguous USA saw about 70 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or above in 2017, the eastern half of the Aleutian Arc and Alaska saw 192 of the same size.
Palmer resident Kristin Dossett described the initial jolt as "absolutely terrifying".
When it was over, Sadie said, there was only one thing she could do: "I started crying".
"Thankfully I pulled over when I did", he said.