An­chor­age, Alaska

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North­ern quake: A mag­ni­tude-7.0 earth­quake shook Alaska’s largest city last week—the area’s most sig­nif­i­cant seis­mic event since 1964. It vi­o­lently jolted houses, shred­ded roads and bridges, cut power to 50,000 peo­ple, and left homes and of­fices in dis­ar­ray. Of­fi­cials re­ported one se­ri­ous in­jury, after a home­owner tried to ex­tin­guish a fire. Mul­ti­ple peo­ple suf­fered lac­er­a­tions from bro­ken glass. The quake oc­curred around 8:30 a.m. amid the morn­ing rush, snarling traf­fic and crack­ing road­ways into ice-like pieces of jagged earth. More than 200 af­ter­shocks fol­lowed in the en­su­ing 12 hours. At least four of those were mag­ni­tude

5.0 or greater. Gov. Bill Walker is­sued a dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion and said Pres­i­dent Trump told him, “We will fix Alaska.” An Alaska-based sci­en­tist at the

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice called it the strong­est quake he’d ever felt and “the most ter­ri­fy­ing minute of my life.”

Aban­doned to the quake

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