Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Road collapses near Anchorage airport following natural disaster

Road collapses near Anchorage airport following natural disaster

Walker believes that strict building codes saved lives.

He realised it was an natural disaster after he saw traffic poles swaying and called it the most "violent" quake he's experience in his 20 years in the city.

North of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough also sustained considerable damage, including the wreck of Vine Road. The trip is 350 miles (563 kilometers) each way.

Cracks on the collapsed section of the offramp in Anchorage. The damage was caused by ground shifting, cracking or sloughing.

Train service south of Anchorage is scheduled to resume Sunday.

People walk past a crack in the road after an quake near Northwoods on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai, Alaska on November 30, 2018.

The Governor of Alaska in the United States bill Walker declared a state of emergency.

The $5 million is essentially seen as a down-payment to help fund short-term repairs while assessments for long-term repairs are made.

"It made a lot of noise when it happened, it was clear that it was something much stronger than usual", said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, quoted by CNN. Delays came as drivers were diverted around road damage on temporary detours or the highway was reduced to one lane while crews try to reconstruct the roadway after the temblor caused sinkholes and buckled pavement. Anchorage officials urged residents not to stock up and hoard supplies because the supply chain of goods was not interrupted.

Powerful quake cracks roads in Alaska
A crack which opened up along a roadway near the airport

The powerful quake struck shortly before 08.30 local time.

Police said there was no looting in the aftermath of the quake.

The Governor said he was in an office building elevator when an natural disaster rocked Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska and caused widespread damage. The Alaska Department of Transportation counted about 50 sites with damage, including eight considered major.

At present, three overnight emergency shelters in Anchorage, Chugiak and Wasilla have been opened by the Red Cross of Alaska.

A tsunami warning was issued for Cook Inlet, linking Anchorage with the Gulf of Alaska, but was later canceled.

The US Geological Survey also logged several aftershocks in the area, as is common after any larger quake.

The first tremor - which had a depth of 40.9km - was then followed by a series of aftershocks, with the most powerful reaching a magnitude of 5.7.

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.

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