Powerful quake hits Alaska

Magnitude 7.0 Quake Prompts Tsunami Warning In Alaska; No Threat To West Coast

UPDATE: 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks Anchorage

Seventy-five percent of all earthquakes in the United States with magnitudes larger than five happen in Alaska, the Center said. She grew up in California and was familiar with earthquakes "but this was next-level", she said. And while there's still a ways to go in getting 100 percent of seismic stations funded (right now it's at 277 out of 560 total stations), Steele said the state is "making great progress" as it accelerates the process.

The epicenter was reported to be about seven miles north of Anchorage. "You have been hit hard by a 'big one, '" Trump tweeted.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has suspended operations at the Anchorage airport until at least 12:30 p.m.

Republican Rep. Donald Young said at a press conference Friday evening that an initial assessment found that the quake was not deadly.

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Slaton says the quake created a powerful back-and-forth sloshing in the bathtub and before he knew it, he'd been thrown out of the tub by the force of the waves.

A major quake with a magnitude of 7.0 has hit the town of Anchorage in Alaska, tearing through roads and damaging buildings as it leaves a path of destruction.

State government offices in Anchorage were also closed so officials could assess damage.

Footage and images posted on social media showed products scattered across floors of supermarkets with shelves collapsed and lighting damaged.

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Friday's quake occurred on a fault line between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, the USGS said.

Complete reporting on today's quake is not yet available, but the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a low probability of fatalities.

The Nisqually quake hit Washington back in 2001, causing upwards of $2 billion in damage. Police in Alaska's Kodiak island community had told residents to head to higher ground after the tsunami alert was issued.

Alaska was hit by a 9.2 magnitude natural disaster in March 1964, the strongest ever recorded in North America, which left 139 people dead.

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This article was written by Mark Berman and Angela Fritz, reporters for The Washington Post, and freelance reporter Jeannette Lee Falsey.

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