Magnitude Earthquake in Alaska Triggers Tsunami Warning

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The day the quake hit, classes were canceled at Anchorage's Pacific University where Colorado native, Zoe Flannery, is a junior. In fact, it's the most seismically-active state in the USA, experts say. "I wasn't afraid of the house falling or anything, I was like 'Okay what's gonna happen next?'"

A 7.0 quake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday (November 30) morning, which crumbled roads, damaged buildings, and sent residents running for cover. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.

"It was nuts, it was insane".

The aftershocks should be weaker and less frequent in the coming days, but officials can't say for sure when they'll stop, Caruso said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, with a population of about 300,000.

Some people ran out of offices, while others sought shelter under their desks.

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There have been several aftershocks to the initial quake, according to the USGS, including a 5.8-magnitude in the city of Anchorage.

Books and ceiling tiles litter the floor at the The Mat-Su College library in Anchorage, Alaska, after a 7.0-magnitude quake.

The Anchorage School District did not report any damage to its buildings but said that parents could pick up children "when they feel it is safe to do so".

A powerful 7.0 magnitude natural disaster has struck Alaska, causing people to run from buildings and prompting a tsunami alert for coastal areas of the state.

The warning was lifted a short time later.

In Kenai, north of Anchorage, Brandon Slaton was alone at home and soaking in the bathtub when the quake struck. He and many others ran outside, while others sheltered under desks in the conference room where the training was being held.

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It was the biggest quake she has felt in her 37 years in a region where temblors are common, Dossett said.

Slaton says: "It was anarchy".

"People who were outside were actively hugging each other", he said.

The National Weather Service's Tsunami Warning comes with instructions for residents of the Alaskan coast to find higher ground wherever possible.

Traffic lights were knocked down and many homes left without power. With Seattle ever-aware of the impending "Big One", it certainly makes one wonder what's in store. "Everything that's not tied down is broke".

Another lawyer, Hank Graper, was driving when the quake struck.

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The reason Alaska sees so many earthquakes is because the 49th state sits over a major fault line between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.

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