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Strong Morning Earthquake Jolts Anchorage Area Residents

Strong Morning Earthquake Jolts Anchorage Area Residents

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By David E. Hubler
Contributor, EDM Digest

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning just as people in the state's most populous area were settling in to work and school.

There were no initial reports of injuries or deaths. But the quake damaged roads and buildings, knocked out power and sent people fleeing from buildings and to safety beneath door jambs, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The quake struck about 8:30 a.m. local time some 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, at a depth of 21 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter was just north of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Aftershocks Expected to Occur for Several Months

Many more aftershocks can be expected, Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology, told CNN. Aftershocks will follow for weeks and months, she noted.

”We think the number dies off with time, but the relative distribution from large to small is constant,” she added.

Over the past century, 14 other earthquakes of 6.0 magnitude and above have occurred within 93 miles of Friday morning's earthquake.

David Hubler David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. In March 2017, Rowman & Littlefield published the paperback edition of David’s latest book, "The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation's Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever."