Massive Earthquake Rocks Anchorage

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Anchorage, Alaska and surrounding areas were rocked Friday by a magnitude 7 earthquake. There have been over 1,000 aftershocks of 1.5 or greater that have put residents on alert as they are unsure as to whether there could be another massive earthquake in the near future or not. Roads were destroyed in the earthquake as well as buildings and homes. Many people reported shaking while they were at work or while they were enjoying a Friday afternoon at home. Power was knocked out for most of Anchorage soon after the quake started while roads began to break apart. Some vehicles were stuck on the roads when they started to crumble.

Officials in Alaska are trying to get life back to normal for the people who live in the state. About four inches of snow is expected to fall on Anchorage on Sunday. This is a sharp contrast to a massive earthquake that just occurred only a few days prior. A 9.2 quake occurred in Anchorage in 1964. This was the largest quake to strike the area before Friday. The 9.2 quake was also one of the largest to be recorded in the history of the United States. Anchorage demonstrated that the city is prepared for an earthquake because of the fast actions that took place by officials and the people who live in the city.

Fortunately, there were no fatalities reported after the earthquake and no serious injuries. Even though there was massive damage to the roads and power system, many businesses and hospitals remained open. Power was restored late in the day Friday with most of the power restored Saturday morning. There have been about a dozen aftershocks greater than a 4.5 that have shaken Anchorage, a sign that there could be another strong earthquake in the coming weeks. For now, residents are continuing to live their normal lives while preparing for another quake if one were to occur.

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