A savage earthquake rocked Alaska earlier today, reaching a 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale and causing damage across a wide area.
The quake’s epicenter struck nine miles away from Anchorage and just north of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where some of America’s most advanced fighters are located.
The earthquake reached a 7.0 on the Richter scale, the initial energy release equivalent of 199,000 tons of TNT explosive, making the energy release greated than a W-80 nuclear warhead, which can be mounted on a Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Video footage of the disaster shows roads wiped out and gaping holes in the earth, including serious damage to the Glenn Highway -north of Mirror Lake Middle school in Chugiak.
All Alaskan rail operations -critical to supplying the population in the massive state- have been shut down to assess damage. Alaska Airlines suspended operations at Ted Stevens International Airport in order to review structural integrity of facilities and infrastructure.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, the Providence Medical Center is currently dispelling rumors (which made their way to national media) that the hospital collapsed.
At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, all senior leaders have been recalled to the facility, with JBER maintenance crews having to shut off water on the Air Force side of the facility until leaks are repaired. Power across the entire facility is being assessed, and several gates have been closed.
“JBER gates are all intact,” the installation wrote on Facebook. “However, only those with an immediate need will be allowed on the installation until further notice”
No casualties have been reported as of yet. A tsunami warning was issued in the surrounding areas, including the Cook Islands, but has now been rescinded.
“There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake,” reads a message from the US Tsunami Warning System.
The situation is continuing to develop.
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