On November 30th, 2018, Anchorage, Alaska was hit with a 7.2 earthquake. Around approximately 8:30 am, the stake began shaking with a vengeance and within seconds, the power was the land was destroyed.
Bill Walker, Alaska’s governor, issued a declaration of disaster after major structural damage to roads, buildings, and a tsunami warning.
According to National Public Radio, NPR, The tsunami warning has since been canceled. However, residents are still recovering in between aftershocks ranging from 3.8 to 5.3. The epicenter of the original earthquake was just 8 miles north of Anchorage, the states' largest city.
NPR mentions that the aftershocks have been tremendously powerful. The Associated Press shared, "People went back inside after the first earthquake struck, but the 5.8 aftershocks about five minutes later sent them running back into the streets," The Associated Press reports.”
Since the original hit, schools have been closed, roads have been closed, and the power is still out in much of the affected area. Thankfully, The United States Geological Survey estimates that there is a low probability of fatalities given the buildings having been designed with earthquakes in mind.
"I started to feel my car not driving properly, so I thought I had a flat," he told Herz. "So I pulled over and then started to see everything swaying and lights flashing and stopped. And then I watched the car in front of us start to sink as the road pushed out to the left."
Several drivers recall the moment they felt the quake in their vehicle. One driver, Chris Riekena, shares, “"I started to feel my car not driving properly, so I thought I had a flat. So I pulled over and then started to see everything swaying and lights flashing and stopped. And then I watched the car in front of us start to sink as the road pushed out to the left."
While many of the roads and ramps are closed, The Tsunami warning center has cancelled the warning.
Please keep the Alaskan residents in your prayers! God, please comfort these people with your peace. Amen.