The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning crumbled roads and splintered buildings, sent residents scurrying for cover and triggered a tsunami warning for a time, authorities said.
7.2 earthquake here in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a video my dad took from the Minnesota exit ramp from international. 😰😰 pic.twitter.com/1yOGj3yz9q
— sarah m (@sarahh_mars) November 30, 2018
KTVA’s Cassie Schirm tweeted a video showing toppled chairs and hanging metal from the TV station’s Anchorage newsroom.
— Cassie Schirm (@cassieschirmtv) November 30, 2018
Philip Peterson, an Alaska resident, had been working in a multi-story in downtown Anchorage when the quake hit. “I was just working and then within a half a second, I could tell this was bigger than anything I’d been in before, and it wasn’t going to stop,” he told CNN. Peterson said the quake is “the biggest one I’ve ever been involved in.” When the quake hit, he felt “a big jolt. It sounded like a big crack, you could hear this big crack, then it just jolted back and forth. Stuff was falling off the tables, coffee mugs, lamps and ceiling tiles.” “I just jumped under my desk and had to ride it out,” Peterson said.
High school student Alyson Petrie caught this video in the midst of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. Petrie captured this footage in an art room at Colony High School.
I’m shaking and out teachers are keeping us under our tables and telling us that there will be an after shocking maybe in 5 minutes or tomorrow we don't know I’m in the art classroom and everything is literally destroyed pic.twitter.com/i9akuWoVwD
— Alyson Petrie (@AlysonPetrie7) November 30, 2018
Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted that her house was not intact after the quake, but did not elaborate on specific damage. “[Pray] for Alaska. Our family is intact – house is not,” she wrote. “So thankful to be safe.”