Buildings were ready to withstand quake
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rattled Alaska’s largest city cracked roads and collapsed highway ramps Friday, but there were no reports of widespread catastrophic damage or collapsed buildings. There’s a good reason for that. A devastating 1964 Alaska quake — the most powerful on record in the U.S. — led to stricter building codes that helped structures withstand the shifting earth Friday.
The quake was centered about seven miles north of Anchorage, which has a population of about 300,000. A 5.7 aftershock arrived within minutes.
The two big back-to-back quakes knocked items off shelves, disrupted power, broke store windows and briefly triggered a tsunami warning, but no one was seriously hurt.