Anchorage, Alaska has been hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake at around 8.30 am local time. A seismologist has stated that Alaskans will be facing the aftereffects for years. As of now, a violent tsunami is not in the picture.
President Donald Trump tweeted immediately after he came to know of the news advising the people to follow the directions given by the professional who are at their service and that there is no need to worry.
The Municipal Light & Power said that there are about 7000 – 10000 of their customers without light and power. The crews are responding. ML & P tweeted that there has been no damage to the generation infrastructure. The crews are doing their duty and accessing the substations and the other distribution infrastructure issues. They have given a warning to the residents to look out for downed power lines and also to keep away from the same.
The United States Geological Survey has said that the earthquakes are common in the region. In the past 100 years, there has been about 14 earthquakes of 6.0 and above magnitudes. All of these earthquakes had occurred within a range of 150 km (93.2 miles).
Today’s earthquake was similar to two earthquakes that occurred in July 1983 and in September 1983. The earthquakes were of magnitudes 6.6 and 6.4. They earthquakes were similar in the shallow depths that were created, the damage that it caused in the Valdez region, east of Anchorage. The biggest earthquake that has hit Alaska till now is the 9.2 magnitude giant which occurred in March 1964. It was an interface thrust faulting quake that was the cause of the rupture of many hundred kilometres between the Alaska- Aleutians trench and Anchorage and also to the southwest.
According to the seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, California Institute of Technology, the aftershocks are expected. Usually, the aftershocks for an earthquake of this magnitude is 5.8, but the value could be larger the average calculated.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said that he is in direct contact with the members of White House and will coordinate with the emergency responders.