Tsunami Warning in Anchorage After Massive Earthquake

Tsunami Warning in Anchorage After Massive Earthquake

"We are not expecting any tsunami to come down and effect the Washington, British Columbia, or Oregon Coast", the National Weather Service's Jay Albrecht told KIRO Radio.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but there appears to be plenty of damage, including at the newsroom of local CBS affiliate KTVA.

An natural disaster in southern Alaska Friday was strong enough to knock items from shelves and cause pipes to break across the state.

The initial quake's magnitude was 7.2 on the Richter scale, followed by 6.6 and 5.8 aftershocks.

The temblor sparked tsunami warnings for coastal areas of Alaska, including Cook Inlet and part of the Kenai Peninsula, but the alert area never extended as far south as British Columbia or Washington state.

A series of aftershocks were recorded following the initial shock, which had a depth of 40.9km, the USGS said.

Tens of thousands of customers lost power in the Anchorage area. Alaska's Republican Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration in the aftermath, writing on Twitter, "Major General Laurie Hummel & I are now working w [ith] emergency responders to make sure Alaskans are safe".

The former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate tweeted that her house was not intact after the quake, but did not elaborate on specific damage.

An natural disaster of magnitude 7.0 and higher can cause, at minimum, considerable damage in normal structures and can destroy poorly constructed structures, according to the USGS.

Terrified students have been posting to social media.

"The structure of the roof just collapsed", one of them said.

Sarah Palin tweeted that her house was apparently damaged or destroyed during the 7.0 magnitude quake that hit Anchorage on November 30.

Books and ceiling tiles littered the floor at the The Mat-Su College library in Anchorage.

Television stations shave been reportedly knocked off the air.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tweeted the following shortly after the quake took place: "First, protect yourself from an natural disaster".

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