Monster Alaska quakes
TWO enormous earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 ripped apart highways, cracked buildings and rattled people’s nerves around Anchorage, Alaska. The quakes broke store windows, opened cracks in a two-storey building downtown, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic.
There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.
The US Geological Survey says the first and more powerful quake was centred 12km north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000.
People ran from offices into the streets or took cover under desks as the ground shook for about 30 seconds.
Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll says parts of Glenn Highway, a scenic route that runs northeast of the city, had “completely disappeared.”