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Alaska M7.0 Earthquake
Magnitude: 7.0
Location: 8 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska
Date and Time: November 30, 2018 - 8:29AM AKST

Synopsis: A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 occurred this morning near Anchorage, Alaska. The earthquake’s epicenter was located ~8 miles north of downtown Anchorage across a branch of the Cook Inlet called the Knik Arm. There were reports of strong shaking and damage in downtown Anchorage. A Tsunami Warning was initially issued, but has since been cancelled as no tsunami was observed.
United States Geological Survey MMI Shake Map with Estimated Population Impacted
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Impacts: Media outlets report that the tremor caused people to evacuate from buildings into the streets. There are reports of damage to structures, contents, roads, and the utility infrastructure. All flights into and out of Anchorage International Airport have been cancelled. Anchorage police have reported that many homes and buildings are damaged and that numerous roads and bridges are closed. There have been several aftershocks with the largest having a magnitude of 5.7.????

The most severe shaking occurred in the cities of Anchorage, Wasilla, Eagle River, and surrounding areas where seismic instruments recorded very strong shaking. Early assessments from the USGS show an orange alert for economic loss, which indicates significant damage is likely. 
USGS Estimated Economic Loss from PAGER Analysis

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