Build­ings were ready to with­stand quake

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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.

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