Hi everybody. I’m not sure if you heard, but at 8:28 AM this morning, there was a MASSIVE 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
The earthquake was felt in cities all over Alaska, not just Anchorage. I was in school at the time, about to begin my ASL class when suddenly, the classroom started shaking back and forth. We all dove under our tables and watched as chunks of the ceiling began crashing to the ground. The power went out for about ten seconds, until the emergency power kicked in and the fire alarms went off due to dust. No one was injured, but it was terrifying.
The whole earthquake lasted for only about a minute, but there are still aftershocks being felt now (over six hours later). One aftershock was even registered as its own, smaller earthquake.
Schools in Anchorage, (the city where the biggest damage was felt), are closed until Wednesday.
Here are some pictures so you can get an idea of what the quake was like:
The power is out in many places. The international airport was evacuated. There was a fire in Anchorage. Traffic is so clogged up, there are people who have not even reached their homes yet. Roads are split, and several overpasses collapsed. We are still in a state of emergency.
Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes, with an average of 40,000 each year and more than the other 49 states combined (KTVA.com) Alaska holds the record for biggest earthquake in the US (the Good Friday earthquake in 1964, which was a 9.2.)
Please be praying for the safety of Alaskans and we recover and rebuild from the damage, and pray for those who are not yet safe in their homes.
God bless you, and have a great weekend.