Mon­ster Alaska quakes

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.”

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