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Major quake rocks southern Alaska

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/30/18, 02:14 pm

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska, Friday morning, triggering a brief tsunami warning that was quickly canceled. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of Alaska’s largest city. The quake caused lamp posts and trees to sway in downtown Anchorage, prompting people to run out of offices or seek shelter under their desks. The full extent of damages or possible injuries is unknown, but photographs posted to social media sites showed collapsed ceiling tiles at an Anchorage high school and buckled pavement on some roads. Cereal boxes and packages of batteries littered the floor of a grocery store after the earthquake.

Alaska averages 40,000 quakes per year—more than the other 49 states combined. The high risk of earthquakes is due to the Pacific and North American tectonic plates sliding past each other under southern Alaska.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Xion's picture
    Xion
    Posted: Sat, 12/01/2018 02:37 am

    The Ring of Fire is so powerful as the Pacific plate jostles back and forth.  How small we are compared to such power!

    He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.  Ps 104:5-8

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