‘I’m still scared’: Reaction from Clevelanders near epicenter of Alaska quake


Aftershocks from Friday's powerful Alaskan natural disaster continued to pound the area around Anchorage on Saturday, as workers strove to patch up buckled roads and residents began cleaning up damage around their homes and businesses.

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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said it will take more than a week or two to fix roads damaged by the powerful quake.

"These numbers can change by the minute, people can be expected to feel aftershocks for some time", Baldwin told CNN.

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"I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong the ground itself shook during the quake", he said during a question-and-answer session at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

President Donald Trump late Friday declared an emergency for the quake, which allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Anchorage, Alaska was rocked by a 7.0 natural disaster Friday morning, and with the Northwest region primed for a quake of its own, it provided us with an interesting glimpse into what could be coming sooner rather than later.

"It was very loud when it came", Berkowitz said Friday.

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Video on social media showed various images of damage from the quake, including supermarket floors strewn with items that tumbled from shelves and television station KTVA's studio in shambles. Airports in Alaska reportedly instructed planes not to land. "It's dark. And we're not sure what the power situation is", she said. Gov. Bill Walker, who leaves office at noon Monday, gave state workers in the Anchorage area the day off to help reduce the number of cars on the highway.

The Anchorage Daily News said the quake caused damage at the newspaper, cracking walls and mangling ceiling panels. "Many roads ‎and bridges are closed". "Anchorage has a population of around 300,000, while there are numerous large population centers in California".

The magnitude 7.0 quake didn't cause widespread damage to structures or collapse buildings. The epicenter was 7 miles north of Anchorage, and shallow at 27 miles deep.

"The aftershocks of the one today have been worse than any quake I've ever been in before", he said.

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The state has had an average of one magnitude 7 to 8 quake every year since 1900, according to the state government website, and the state has more earthquakes than any other US region.

David Harper was getting coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded "like the building was just going to fall apart". It and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

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