7.0 Earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska Tears Roads Apart, Nearly Swallows GMC Terrain [News]

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured

A GMC terrain sits abandoned on a heavily damaged roadway after an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska. [Photo Credit: Nathaniel Wilder | Reuters]

‘It was anarchy’

A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska Friday morning, rocking homes and damaging roads throughout the area. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the event. Although, the National Weather Service did issue a tsunami warning after the earthquake, which it later cancelled.

Videos showed homes and even Anchorage International Airport being rocked by the tremors, but damage to local roads is even more telling. A very lucky GMC Terrain owner avoided their car being swallowed up by the earth itself. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that the car appears to be completely unscathed. Residents as far away as Fairbanks – 350 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter – reported feeling the shocks.

Major road delays include Glenn Highway, which runs northeast out of Anchorage. Alaska governor Bill Walker tweeted a photo of the damage:

Still, it’s good news that no one was hurt in the event. FEMA approved Gov. Walker’s declaration of disaster after the earthquake happened. Hopefully that means areas that were damaged will be able to recover quickly. According to Anchorage Daily News, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told reporters he had also made a civil disaster declaration in wake of the damage.