Alaska earthquake today: Live coverage of aftermath of 7.0 magnitude quake near Anchorage

Alaska earthquake today: Live coverage of aftermath of 7.0 magnitude quake near Anchorage


MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE. WELL, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, THAT’S IN ANCHORAGE. >>PAUL, I WANT TO INTERRUPT YOU ONE SECOND HERE, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THIS. >>NO PROBLEM. >>YOU MENTIONED THE PICTURES ON LOCAL MEDIA. WE’VE NOW GOT A PICTURE OF THE LOCAL TV STATION THERE, AND THEY WERE KNOCKED HARD ENOUGH TO BE KNOCKED OFF THE AIR. THE NEWSROOM IS COMPLETELY DESERTED, TILES ARE DOWN FROM THE CEILING, DESKS ARE KNOCKED OVER, COMPUTERS ARE SMASHED. THERE’S A LARGE CRACK IN THE FLOOR, THERE’S WATER ON THE FLOOR. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO BE BACK IN THERE ANYTIME SOON. , SO IT APPEARS AS WITH EARTHQUAKES IN GENERAL THIS ONE HAD VERY DIFFERENT IMPACTS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF ANCHORAGE. YOU COULD HAVE ONE PART OF THE ROAD LOOK COMPLETELY NORMAL AND THE NEXT COMPLETELY CRACKED IN HALF. >>AND — >>GO AHEAD. >>WELL, CERTAINLY PART OF THAT IS JUST THE NATURE OF THE GEOLOGY IN ANCHORAGE BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS IS ON, YOU KNOW, KIND OF CLAY-BASED SOILS WHICH CAN, YOU KNOW, BREAK UP UNDER PRESSURE LIKE THAT. SO I WOULD SUSPECT THAT THERE WOULD TO BE MORE DAMAGE DOWNTOWN THAN THERE IS IN SOUTH ANCHORAGE WHERE I AM. AND THE OTHER INTERESTING THING IS THE TSUNAMI WARNINGS WHICH THE IDEA OF A TSUNAMI COMING OUT OF COOK INLET WHICH RUNS UP THE COAST TO ANCHORAGE, THAT’S A VERY UNUSUAL THING FOR US. >>AN UNUSUAL THING AND A CONCERNING THING? I MEAN, YOU THINK THAT COULD HAVE AN IMPACT IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA? >>IT’S UNLIKELY TO BE A REAL PROBLEM IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA, ALTHOUGH THE INDICATIONS ARE IN THE PLACES WHERE THE TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WHICH IS BASICALLY BASED IN PALMER, ALASKA TO THE NORTH OF US HAS BEEN SAYING THAT IT WOULD RATHER THAN RUN UP THE INLET WHICH IS LIKE A FUNNEL TOWARDS ANCHORAGE, IT SEEMS TO BE PUSHING DOWN. >>THAT’S GOOD NEWS. SO WHAT DOES THE DAY HOLD THEN FOR YOU IN THE AFTERMATH OF A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE? >>SO — WELL, AMONG OTHER THINGS, FIRST THING I WILL DO WHEN I’M OFF WITH YOU GUYS IS CHECK MY E-MAIL AND SEE WHAT MY WORK, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE HAS. FRIDAY, FORTUNATELY, WE DON’T DO CLASSES, WE TEND TO DO THOSE MONDAY/WEDNESDAY OR TUESDAY/THURSDAY. BUT WE HAD A BIG MEETING SCHEDULED AT NOON. I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. I WILL PROBABLY GET THERE AT SOME POINT AND ASSESS THE DAMAGE. AND THEN IT’S GOING TO BE KIND OF PICKING UP AND SEEING WHERE WE ARE. >>YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT YOU WERE CONCERNED AS THE SHAKING GOT MORE SEVERE THAT THERE COULD BE THE BIG ONE. IS THE BIG ONE SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE IN ANCHORAGE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT? >>SO, I MEAN, WE HAD OUR BIG ONE. WE HAD THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL, YOU KNOW, BACK IN 1964. THAT WAS A 9.0. >>WOW! >>AND SO THAT’S ALWAYS OUR FRAME OF REFERENCE. OF COURSE WE DID THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THAT, THAT WAS 1964 A FEW YEARS AGO WHICH MEANS, YOU KNOW, WE’RE KIND OF COUNTING DOWN TO THE NEXT ONE. SO THIS — AND WHILE IT’S NOT, YOU KNOW — YOU KNOW, 7.0 IS NOT 9.0, BUT IT WAS PLENTY BIG ENOUGH, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY TODAY’S ANCHORAGE IS A LOT DIFFERENT FROM ANCHORAGE IN 1964. THERE ARE FIVE TIMES MORE PEOPLE HERE, THERE’S A LOT MORE DEVELOPMENT, AND SO I SUSPECT THE DAMAGE CERTAINLY IN TERMS OF WHATEVER THE COST ESTIMATES ARE TO FIX IT ARE POSSIBLY GOING TO BE AS HIGH IF NOT HIGHER. >>WOW! AND WHAT KIND OF — I MEAN, POLITICALLY, ARE THERE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EARTHQUAKE PROOFING ANCHORAGE? I MEAN, IS IT A PLACE WHERE AS IT GREW THE BUILDING CODE REQUIRED PEOPLE TO TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE SAFETY? >>YES. SO IN TERMS OF CONSTRUCTION AND THAT SORT OF THING, WE HAVE SOME VERY ROBUST GUIDELINES. SO IN 18 YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY I’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP, AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, METAL FRAME GO IN WITH THE BIG FISH PLATES AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS TO MAKE IT EARTHQUAKE HARDENED, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE VERY IMPRESSED BY THAT THING AND GLAD TO HAVE THEM. >>I’M LOOKING AT THESE PICTURES THAT ARE COMING IN NOW OF SIGNIFICANT DESTRUCTION. WE GOT PEOPLE HIDING UNDER TABLES IS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT AT THE MOMENT. BUT THE SUPERMARKET PICTURES, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT IN ALL OF ANCHORAGE SOMEBODY WASN’T HURT BY THIS BECAUSE PRETTY LARGE SHELVES CAME DOWN, CEILING TILES CAME DOWN, THE TELEVISION STATION THAT WAS KNOCKED OFF THE AIR ALSO HAS VERY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THAT NEWSROOM. ANYBODY SITTING THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PERIL FOR CERTAIN. ANY INDICATION ON YOUR SIDE, ARE YOU HEARING ANYTHING ABOUT — ARE YOU HEARING SIRENS, ARE YOU SEEING FLASHING LIGHTS OUTSIDE? IS THERE AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE? >>I DID HEAR SOME SIRENS INITIALLY, BUT ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE ELECTRICAL POWER, WE DON’T SEEM TO HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH GAS. SO MY NEIGHBORHOOD IN SOUTH ANCHORAGE SEEM THE TO HAVE WEATHERED THIS RELATIVELY WELL. BUT ONCE AGAIN, SO THINGS CLOSER TO MIDTOWN AND DOWNTOWN SEEM TO HAVE SUFFERED WHICH WOULD BE CLOSER TO THE EPICENTER OF THE QUAKE, SEEMED TO HAVE SUFFERED MORE SIGNIFICANTLY THAN MY AREA. SO I AM — YOU KNOW, IT IS THE LUCK OF THE DRAW IN THESE THINGS, AND I SEEM TO HAVE GOT OFF WELL. >>WE JUST LEARNED THAT THE FAA HAS ORDERED A GROUND STOP FOR THE AIRPORT THERE, PRESUMABLY TO CHECK FOR DAMAGE ON THE RUNWAY. >>YES. >>CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE LAYOUT OF ANCHORAGE, WHERE THE AIRPORT IS, WHERE THE DOWNTOWN IS, WHERE YOU ARE? >>RIGHT. SO COOK INLET COMES UP ABOUT 100 MILES OR SO AND THEN BREAKS INTO TWO ARMS. AND SO ANCHORAGE IS WHAT — THE ANCHORAGE BOWL IS IN A “V” FORMED BY WHEN COOK INLET COMES UP, TURNS AT A RIGHT ANGLE AND BREAKS, WE ARE IN THAT “V.” SO AT THE BASE OF THE “V” WHICH FACES WEST IS THE ANCHORAGE AIRPORT, AND THAT’S A VERY SUBSTANTIAL — THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE RUNWAYS THERE. IT’S ONE OF THE BUSIEST IN THE WORLD. SO I’M NOT AT ALL SURPRISED THEY’RE GOING TO BE CHECKING THAT VERY, VERY CAREFULLY. AND THEN IF YOU GO ALONG THE KIND OF NORTH END OF THE “V” TO SHIP CREEK, THAT’S THE ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN SIDE OF ANCHORAGE. AND THAT’S THE — WHEN YOU SEE FILM FROM THE ’64 EARTHQUAKE OF THE STREETS THAT COLLAPSED AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS, THAT WAS FOURTH AVENUE DOWNTOWN. SO IF THERE’S A PLACE THAT’S PRONE TO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, IT’S GOING TO BE ALONG THAT — THE SO-CALLED KANICK ARM OF COOK INLET, THE NORTH SIDE OF THE “V.” AS ANCHORAGE HAS GROWN, WE’VE MOVED FARTHER SOUTH AND FARTHER EAST, SO I’M IN SOUTH ANCHORAGE. THIS IS AN AREA THAT WAS DEVELOPED IN THE 1980s. SO THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT ANCHORAGE NOW THAN IT WAS IN 1964, SO IT’LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE. AND, BY THE WAY, AS WE’VE BEEN TALKING, WE’VE HAD AT LEAST THREE AFTERSHOCKS. >>WOW! WELL, PAUL DUNSCOMB, WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON WITH US. WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE OKAY, AND WE HOPE EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT AND EVERYONE IN ANCHORAGE IS IN SIMILAR CONDITION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU. TAKE CARE. >>> AS WE WERE SHOWING YOU EARLIER, OUR CBS AFFILIATE KTVA WAS ACTUALLY KNOCKED OFF THE AIR BY THIS EARTHQUAKE. THEIR NEWSROOM WAS DESTROYED. SO INSTEAD OF BROADCASTING FROM THEIR STUDIO, THEY ARE NOW ACTUALLY OUTSIDE WITH A FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM. THAT’S THE STUDIO RIGHT THERE. THAT IS THE NEWSROOM. YOU CAN SEE COMPUTERS DESTROYED, YOU CAN SEE TILES DOWN FROM THE CEILING. THERE’S WATER COMING IN FROM SOMEWHERE, PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DESTRUCTION. ANYONE WHO WAS SITTING THERE WAS CERTAINLY IN PERIL. THE NEWS OPERATION IS NO LONGER THERE AND IS INSTEAD OUTSIDE. WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT — AND WE’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO LISTEN IN HERE BECAUSE THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE US UP THE STAIRS INTO THE BUILDING ON FACEBOOK LIVE. TAKE A LISTEN. >>WE HAVE THIS GIANT DOME HERE THAT IS INTACT IT SEEMS, BUT LOOK AT THIS, RIGHT HERE WE HAVE A LOT OF DAMAGE ON THE CEILING, A LOT OF THESE PANELS FALLEN, CRASHED ALL OVER THE PLACE. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE, BUT THE WALL THERE IS CRACKED. THIS WALL HAS FALLEN DOWN: OVER HERE IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A LOT OF INSULATION ON THE FLOOR. WE ARE STILL TRYING TO GET A GRIP ON HOW OUR BUILDING FARED. A REMINDER, IF YOU HAVE PICTURES, PLEASE SEND THEM IN TO KTVA’S FACEBOOK PAGE AND OUR “DAYBREAK” PAGE AND WE WILL MAKE SURE TO CHECK THOSE OUT. >>OUR SECURITY GUARD JIM WAS STANDING RIGHT HERE. JIM, YOU WANT TO KIND OF TELL US WHERE YOU WERE AT 8:29? YOU CAN’T. WELL, HE WAS STANDING RIGHT ABOUT HERE. YOU CAN SEE THE CEILING COLLAPSING, I MEAN, JUST — AND WHAT IS THIS? >>THE CEILING PANELS, METAL. >>SOME METAL PANELS. >>WATER. >>DEFINITELY. A LITTLE WATER DAMAGE WE’RE STARTING TO SEE HERE FROM THE LEAKS FROM — AND THAT WAS COMING UP OFF THE SECOND FLOOR WHEN WE RAN BACK IN REALLY QUICK TO GET OUR THINGS BECAUSE WE WEREN’T SURE IF WE WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK, JEREMY HAD TO GRAB HIS CAR KEYS, AND I HAD TO GRAB A BAG. WE’VE SEEN SOME ACTUAL STRUCTURAL DAMAGE HERE IT LOOKS LIKE, OR AT LEAST THE PAINT IS CHIPPING AWAY. WE HAD A PICTURE FROM THE COURTHOUSE DOWNTOWN, CRACKS IN THE CEMENT OF THE COURTHOUSE. AND I CAME — AND I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ON THE INSIDE OF THAT ELEVATOR OR ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW, WATER LEAKING THROUGH. THAT MIGHT BE ONE OF THE REASONS WE SHOULDN’T BE IN HERE BECAUSE THE WATER IS LEAKING FROM THE TOP WHICH, WHAT, THIS IS A TWO-STORY BUILDING, AND SO YOU GO FROM THE TOP TO DOWN TO THE SECOND STORY AND NOW THAT IS FILTERING DOWN. >>ONE MORE SHOT OF THIS BEFORE WE GO OUT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING AND SHOW YOU GUYS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT OVER THERE. IT’S HARD TO TELL, BUT THESE WATER FILTER — OR THE WATER SPRINKLER SYSTEMS LOOK LIKE THEY’VE BEEN BROKEN. THOSE ARE SHOOK LOOSE A LITTLE BIT UP THERE. THAT’S POSSIBLY WHERE SOME OF OUR WATER DAMAGE CAME FROM. >>WE CAN’T GO UPSTAIRS, SO WE DO HAVE WATER DAMAGE IN THE STUDIO. THIS IS WHAT THE STUDIO LOOKS LIKE. WE CAN’T GO UPSTAIRS JUST BASED ON STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF THE BUILDING, BUT THAT IS WHAT THE STUDIO CURRENTLY LOOKS LIKE, AND SO HERE’S ANOTHER SHOT OF IT. OVER ON THIS SIDE WE HAVE GLASS EDIT BAYS, NICE BEAUTIFUL GLASS WALLS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH. ON THIS SIDE OVER HERE IS OUR NEWSROOM. THIS IS WHERE WE SIT AND DO THE NEWS. JOHN WAS UNDER THAT DESK, I WAS UNDER THE ONE RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. YOU KNOW, IT’S ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE IT WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, SAYING OUT LOUD EVERYTHING I’M THANKFUL FOR AND KIND OF JUST MAKING SURE THAT IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN — IT FELT LIKE IT WASN’T GOING TO GET BETTER. YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES WITH AN EARTHQUAKE — THIS IS MY FIRST ONE, BUT OFTENTIMES WITH AN EARTHQUAKE YOU HEAR ABOUT HOW THEY SLOW RUMBLE IT. IT’S A TRAIN COMING AND THEN IT GETS WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE. THIS ONE, LIKE THAT. IT WENT FROM HANGING OUT TO CEILING TILES FALLING WITHIN TWO SECONDS. >>IT WENT FRM THE NEWS ASSIGNMENT DIRECTOR, HE WAS JUST CALLING OUT TO ME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT I HAD TO DO FOR LATER IN THE DAY NEWS WISE TO GET UNDER THE DESK. AND IT WAS IMMEDIATE REACTION. THERE’S A LOOK AT OUR PRODUCTION CONTROL ROOM. SO, YOU KNOW, WHERE THE DIRECTOR AND THE PRODUCER SIT FOR THE MORNING, EVENING SHOWS, TAKE THE DIFFERENT CAMERA SHOTS, THE AUDIO BOARD RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU, I MEAN, THAT ROOF JUST ABSOLUTELY COLLAPSED. IT IS — >>TOO MEAN PEOPLE — THE REASON WE’RE STILL STAYING SON IS THAT THE CELL PHONE TOWERS ARE PRETTY — STAYING ON IS THAT THE CELL PHONE TOWERS ARE PRETTY BACKED UP. I TRIED CALLING, TRIED TEXTING, SENDING FACEBOOK AND TWITTER MESSAGES, NOTHING IS GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. SO WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE IS WE’RE STAYING ON SINCE WE HAVE A CONNECTION AND THAT WAY WE KEEP A CONNECTION. ONCE YOU HAVE A CONNECTION, YOU CAN KEEP IT. SO I’M GOING TO DO A LITTLE HYPOCRITICAL RIGHT HERE. IF YOU ARE ON THE PHONE JUST CHATTING WITH SOMEONE, MAYBE GET OFF, MAYBE LET THEM GO IF YOU CAN. WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THE BUILDING. >>WE’LL TAKE IT TO THE — >>THANKS, MAN. >>IT WAS PRETTY SCARY. >>JOHN, DO YOU WANT TO GET ON CAMERA? >>WE GOT TO GET OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THE GLASS. >>SORRY. THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON. IT IS A LITTLE CHAOTIC HERE. >>IF YOU KNOW ANYBODY IN HOMER AREA, SEWARD AREA, KODIAK ISLAND, I’M SURE THEY’RE HEARING THOSE TSUNAMI ALERTS, BUT MAKE SURE YOU TALK TO FOLKS AND TELL THEM TO GET TO HIGHER GROUND. THERE IS A MONSTER TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT. >>YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING A FACEBOOK LIVE CONVERSATION AT KTVA, THOSE ARE OUR REPORTERS THERE IN ANCHORAGE. THEIR NEWSROOM WAS DESTROYED. THEY ARE NOW OUT ON THE STREET. THAT BUZZING YOU — BUZZING YOU HEAR, THAT’S A TSUNAMI WARNING. YOU SAW SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THAT NEWSROOM, SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THAT OPERATION, BROKEN BAYS, BROKEN GLASS, CEILINGS, STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WHICH ULTIMATELY LED THEM TO GO OUTSIDE LOOKING FOR SAFETY. I WANT TO BRING IN NOW DAVID PARKINSON. HE’S A WEATHER PRODUCER HERE AT CBS. HE’S ON THE PHONE WITH US. DAVID, THIS HS BEEN BUMPED UP TO A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE AND NOW THERE’S A TSUNAMI WARNING. WHAT MORE CAN YOU TELL US? >>YEAH, SO THE TSUNAMI WARNING NOW INCLUDES THE CITY OF ANCHORAGE AS WELL. >>OH, WOW! >>THE START TIME OF THE TSUNAMI, WE’RE JUST GETTING SOME MORE INFORMATION ON THAT AS WELL, 9:25 WAS THE START TIME, ALASKAN TIME IN KODIAK, ALASKA, AND THAT IS — THAT WAS ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO. AND THE NEXT PLACE THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT THAT COULD BE SEEING A TSUNAMI WOULD BE THE TOWN — A COUPLE OF PLACES, IN FACT, AND IT WOULD BE HOMER, ALASKA AT 11:45 ALASKA TIME. SO THAT’S ABOUT TWO HOURS AWAY. HOMER IS CONSIDERABLY FARTHER AWAY FROM ANCHORAGE THAN KODIAK OR SEWARD WHICH WERE AT 9:25 AND 9:30. WE’RE ALSO GETTING A LITTLE BIT MORE IN FACT ON THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE EARTHQUAKE. THE EARTHQUAKE ITSELF HAPPENED JUST ACROSS A LITTLE BODY OF WATER FROM ANCHORAGE, SO JUST ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT MILES AWAY FROM THERE, IT WAS ON LAND BUT WAS IN AN AREA CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE WATER THAT IT WILL BE CAUSING THOSE TSUNAMIS. THE OTHER THING THAT WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT THIS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MINUTES IS JUST KIND OF THE DAMAGE OF THIS. WE KNOW THIS IS A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE, IT’S STILL A VERY STRONG SHAKING. THIS IS ONLY WHAT’S CONSIDERED MODERATE DAMAGE. NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE PICTURES, WHAT SOME OF THOSE ROADS LOOKS LIKE, IT LOOKS PRETTY BAD. IT LOOKS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN WHAT MODERATE DAMAGE WOULD BE, BUT THAT’S WHAT THIS IS CLASSIFIED PRETTY MUCH THROUGHOUT THE ANCHORAGE AREA. SO IT’S JUST IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THE SCALE THAT WE MEASURE EARTHQUAKES WITH. A 6.0 IS NOT, YOU KNOW, ONE TIME LESS SEVERE, IT IS 10 TIMES LESS SEVERE, SO IT EXPANDS EXPONENTIALLY, AND 8.0 WOULD BE 10 TIMES STRONGER THAN A SEVEN. SO IN TERMS OF THE INTENSITY OF THIS, THAT LITTLE BUMPUP FROM A 6.7 TO A 7.0 IS ACTUALLY QUITE SIGNIFICANT IN TERMS OF JUST THE SHEER IMPACT OF IT. >>BUT ON THE SCALE OF EARTHQUAKES, YOU’RE MENTIONING THIS DAMAGE IS CONSIDERED MODERATE. A 7.0, HOW SEVERE IS THAT? >>YEAH. SO A 7.0 IS CONSIDERED STRONG SHAKING. IT’S NOT YET CONSIDERED SEVERE SHAKING, AND IT’S CONSIDERED MODERATE DAMAGE IS SORT OF HOW THEY CATEGORIZE THAT. ONCE YOU GO UP TO AN 8.0, THEN YOU START TO HAVE WHAT’S CONSIDERED SEVERE SHAKING, AND THEN YOU HAVE STRONG DAMAGE AND THEN IT CONTINUES TO GO UP FROM THERE. BUT CERTAINLY ANYWHERE WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF WHERE ONE OF THOSE EARTHQUAKES WERE TO OCCUR, THE DAMAGE IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT ON INFRASTRUCTURE BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE THE GROUND MOVING IT’S EASY FOR BRIDGES AND THINGS LIKE THAT TO CRACK AND HAVE PROBLEMS. >>SO A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE IS IN THEORY A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE, BUT IN SPECIFIC CASES, I IMAGINE THE DAMAGE — WELL, IT’S YET TO BE SEEN AND SURVEYED HERE IN ALASKA, IF YOUR BUILDING IS IN THE WRONG SPOT OR BUILT IN THE WRONG WAY, A MODERATE SHAKE, A 7.0 COULD LEAD, I IMAGINE, TO CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE, CORRECT? >>RIGHT. WELL, SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THAT’S WHY BUILDING CODES ARE SO IMPORTANT IN PLACES LIKE SAN FRANCISCO, IN ALASKA WHERE THERE’S A DECENT RISK AT SEEING EARTHQUAKES. THE MORE WELL CONSTRUCTED YOUR BUILDING IS, THE LESS LIKELY YOU ARE TO SEE DAMAGE OUT OF IT. BUT, YEAH, CERTAINLY LOCATION DOES MATTER, BUILDING MATERIALS MATTERS, AGE MATTERS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN — IF THEY’VE BEEN RECENTLY RE- ENFORCED, ALL OF THOSE THINGS DO MATTER IN TERMS OF THE KIND OF DAMAGE YOU GET. THE OTHER THING THAT’S WORTH NOTING IS IN THAT PARTICULAR PART OF ALASKA, YOU’VE ONLY GOT ABOUT 5 1/2 TO SIX HOURS OF DAYLIGHT BECAUSE THEY’RE SO FAR NORTH AND WE’RE AS LATE AS WE ARE IN THE YEAR. SO IT’LL MAKE SORT OF THE IMPORTANT STEPS OF POWER RESTORATION, YOU KNOW, TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 20s, LOW 30s GOING OUT AND SURVEYING THE DAMAGE, YOU DON’T HAVE THIS LONG, YOU KNOW, NINE OR 10-HOUR WINDOW. YOU’RE LIMITED TO FIVE OR SIX HOURS AND THEN YOU’VE GOT A LONG COLD NIGHT AHEAD OF PEOPLE IF THERE’S NO ELECTRICITY BACK IN PLACES. >>BUT THE IMPORTANT POINT MADE THAT WHILE ON THE SCALE OF EARTHQUAKES, A 7.0 WOULD BE CONSIDERED MODERATE, TELL THAT TO THE ROAD THAT IS CAVED IN OR THE GUY STRANDED IN HIS VEHICLE AT THE BOTTOM OF WHAT USED TO BE A ROAD AND IS NOW A JAGGED PIT. SO A GENERAL PRINCIPLE THAT THIS IS MODERATE DOES NOT NECESSARILY APPLY TO SPECIFIC CASES. AND WHILE WE HAVE YET TO HEAR OF ANY INJURIES, WE’RE LOOKING AT THE PICTURE NOW OF A CAR, LOOKS LIKE A DRIVER STRANDED IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT HAD BEEN A ROAD. THE ROADWAY GIVING AWAY WITH SUCH SIGNIFICANCE THAT THERE’S NOW A CHASM AND PEOPLE ARE GATHERED ON ONE END OF THE ROAD LOOKING IN. DOESN’T LOOK MODERATE. WASN’T MODERATE TO THAT INDIVIDUAL. SO THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE OF MODERATE DAMAGE MAY NOT APPLY IN ALL SPECIFIC CASES. WHAT WE’RE WAITING ON NOW — >>RIGHT, YEAH. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT, TONY, THAT WHEN WE SAY MODERATE, WE SAY GENERAL IMPACTS TO EVERYTHING AND NOT SPECIFICALLY INDIVIDUAL THINGS. YOU ALWAYS GET CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE IN LOCALIZED AREAS AND I THINK THAT’S CERTAINLY WHAT YOU’RE SEEING IN THE CASE OF THOSE ROADS THAT ARE TOTALLY COLLAPSED. >>CORRECT. WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE NEXT POINT HERE WHICH IS AT THE MOMENT WE HAVE A TSUNAMI WARNING, WE HAVE A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE. WE DON’T HAVE ANY REPORTS OF INJURIES YET. BUT, YOU KNOW, ANCHORAGE BEING A RELATIVELY FAR-FLUNG LAYOUT, PEOPLE COULD BE IN PLACES WHERE THEY ARE HURT OR WE HAVE YET TO HEAR ABOUT THEM. SO THE TOWN OF ANCHORAGE HOLDING ITS BREATH FOR TWO REASONS, ONE, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THIS TSUNAMI, AND, TWO, IS THERE ANYBODY ANYWHERE IN TOWN WHERE THERE’S AN INJURY, WHERE THESE CEILING TILES FELL ON A PERSON, WHERE THE ROAD GAVE WAY AND A PERSON WASN’T ABLE TO NAVIGATE OUT OF IT, IMPORTANT TO NOTE. GO AHEAD. >>YEAH. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S REALLY A LARGE CONCERN IS WHILE WE’VE NOW GOT COMPROMISED BUILDINGS, RIGHT, YOU SEE SIGNS OF CRACKS IN STRUCTURES, AND IF YOU HAVE AFTERSHOCKS THAT MIGHT BE MORE MINOR, THEY MIGHT BE ONLY 6s OR 5s, THINGS ARE ALREADY LOOSE, AND SO THAT COULD EASILY CAUSE MORE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, CAUSE MORE THINGS TO COME DOWN, AND IF YOU HAVE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES, YOU KNOW, THAT’S A REAL CONCERN. YOU KNOW, IF YOU’RE IN A BUILDING THAT MIGHT BE COMPROMISED, YOUR BEST BET IS NOT TO STAY IN IT AND NOT EVEN TO BE CLOSE TO IT BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW IF THINGS ARE GOING TO START COMING DOWN. >>SO AT THE RISK OF REACHING THE PERIMETER OF YOUR PARTICULAR EXPERTISE, I DO WANT TO ASK YOU, 1964, THERE WAS A 9.0 EARTHQUAKE IN ANCHORAGE, YOU KNOW, MANY AROUND THERE WOULD CALL IT THE BIG ONE, THAT’S ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO. AND THERE’S A SENSE ACCORDING TO ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS WE SPOKE TO THAT THEY’RE KIND OF HOLDING THEIR BREATH FOR ANOTHER ONE. IS 50 YEARS THE KIND OF INTERVAL YOU WOULD EXPECT BETWEEN MAJOR EARTHQUAKES, AND ALSO A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE IS THAT AT TIMES A PRECURSOR SHAKE TO THE QUOTE, BIG ONE? >>YEAH. WELL, SO IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT THIS IS WHAT’S CALLED A FORESHOCK AS OPPOSED TO AN AFTERSHOCK, RIGHT? SO IT IS POSSIBLE THAT YOU CAN GET A STRONGER EARTHQUAKE AFTER THIS. GENERALLY THE CHANCES ARE BETWEEN ONE AND 10 AND ONE IN FIVE OF THAT OCCURRING WITH EACH PARTICULAR ONE. SO IT’S NOT TERRIBLY LIKELY THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE GETTING, YOU KNOW, AN 8.0 OR A 9.0 MAGNITUDE IN THE FOLLOWING HOURS, DAYS OR WEEKS. >>WOW! BUT ONE IN 10 OR ONE IN FIVE, YOU KNOW, THAT’S WORSE THAN RUSSIAN ROULETTE. >>YEAH, CERTAINLY. AND SO THAT’S WHY, YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER WANT TO — ESPECIALLY AFTER HAVING ONE OF THESE, YOU NEVER REALLY WANT TO LET YOUR GUARD DOWN BECAUSE THERE’S ONE OF TWO THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN. ONE, IT COULD HAVE RELEASED SOME PRESSURE AND NOW YOU GOT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BEFORE THE PRESSURE BUILDS UP AND YOU GET ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE. IT COULD ALSO HAVE LOOSENED SOME THINGS IN SOME SPOTS WHERE THE CRUSTS ARE TOUCHING TO THE POINT WHERE NOW IT’S GOT TO SLIP FURTHER AND THAT’S HOW YOU COULD GET YOURSELF A LARGER EARTHQUAKE. SO THEORETICALLY IT SHOULD BE GOOD NEWS THAT YOU’VE RELEASED SOME OF THE PRESSURE, YOU’RE JUST NOT ENTIRELY SURE — WE’RE STILL NOT ENTIRELY SURE WITH EVERY SINGLE FAULT, WITH EVERY SINGLE INTERSECTION BETWEEN THE CRUSTS EXACTLY HOW MUCH WORSE THINGS CAN BE BECAUSE WE’RE NOT QUITE THERE YET. >>SO IF YOU’RE AN ALASKAN úRIG ANCHORAGE RIGHT NOW, IS THE ADVICE JUST BRUSH OFF THE BROKEN GLASS AND GO ABOUT YOUR DAY, OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE? >>NO. I MEAN, I THINK IT’S CERTAINLY ONE OF THOSE THINGS OF STAY AWAY FROM BUILDINGS THAT HAVE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS. IT’S CERTAINLY CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOR, CHECK ON FAMILY MEMBERS TO MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY IS INJURED OR IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE OR IF YOU HAVE POWER AND SOMEONE DOESN’T, YOU KNOW, AND YOUR HOME IS STRUCTURALLY SOUND, YOU KNOW, MAYBE INVITE THEM OVER, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. AS, YOU KNOW, BUILDING OFFICIALS WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS SECURE, AS POWER OFFICIALS TRY TO GET THE LIGHTS BACK ON, ALL THOSE THINGS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. >>ALL RIGHT, DAVID, I WANT YOU TO HOLD WITH US WHILE WE GO BACK TO OUR CBS AFFILIATE KTVA. THEY WERE KNOCKED OFF THE AIR IN THE EARTHQUAKE, BUT REPORTERS ARE NOW STREAMING ON FACEBOOK OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING AND THEY’RE GOING TO GO BACK IN IN FACT. SO LET’S TAKE A LISTEN. >>TAKE A QUICK PEEK IN THIS AREA. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS A BUNCH OF STANDING WATER FROM THE PIPES BURSTING: IT’S GOT A LOT OF DAMAGE. ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE SEND IN PHOTOS AND VIDEOS. YOU HAVE — HOPEFULLY YOU ARE ALL SAFE. IF YOU ARE NOT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR EMERGENCY SERVICES. , BUT WE ARE WANTING TO SHOW MORE DAMAGE OF WHAT ALASKA HAS UNDERGONE AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN TODAY. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS JUST SORT OF OUR AREA. THIS IS THE ENTRANCE TO OUR BUILDING. WE ARE GOING TO BE WALKING YOU GUYS BACK INTO THE STATION HERE IN A SECOND. >>WE JUST GOT WORD FROM ANCHORAGE EMERGENCY MANAGEMNT HAS ACTIVATED, PLEASE SHELTER IN PLACE, ONLY CALL 911 IF THEY’RE — I APOLOGIZE, MY PHONE JUST ACTED UP. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THE MUNICIPAL ANCHORAGE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS ACTIVATED, PLEASE SHELTER IN PLACE, ONLY CALL 911 IF THERE’S A CURRENT EMERGENCY. SO THERE WE ARE. >>WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE WALKING THROUGH THE BUILDING. >>WATCH YOUR STEP, FOLKS, WATER. >>THE SMELL HERE IS MUCH LIKE DRYWALL WORK. IT IS NOT GREAT. THE — >>YOU KNOW WHAT? THE AIR IS NOT GOOD. WE PROBABLY SHOULD NOT BE IN HERE RIGHT NOW TO BE HONEST. >>OKAY. >>WE DO WANT TO GIVE YOU A SHOT OF THE STUDIO REAL QUICK. MELISSA, I UNDERSTAND — THIS IS — WALK IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS. >>THERE ARE TVs ON THE GROUND. YOU CAN SEE THIS RIGHT HERE, A TV ON THE GROUND. ALL OF THESE ARE TVs AND COMPUTERS. THIS IS A CAMERA. THERE ARE LIGHTS AND EVERYTHING. CIRCLE DESK IN THE CENTER. >>GLASS PANELS ON THE EDIT BAYS WHERE PEOPLE EDIT UP VIDEO AND AUDIO, JUST COMPLETELY SMASHED. >>EVERYBODY’S WORK STATION. JEREMY WAS STANDING RIGHT OVER HERE, I WAS STANDING RIGHT OVER HERE. >>THESE ARE THE DESKS THAT JOHN AND I SHELTERED UNDER. THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM. >>I WANT TO GET A SHOT OF THESE EDIT BAYS SO WE CAN SHOW PEOPLE WHAT THESE LOOK LIKE. THESE EDIT BAYS ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE THIS WITH THIS NICE GLASS HERE, BUT OVER HERE WE HAVE THIS PILE OF BROKEN SHATTERED GLASS. I’M NOT GOING TO GET ANY CLOSER TO IT. BUT THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. THE BUILDING OBVIOUSLY IS GOING TO NEED SOME SIGNIFICANT REPAIR BEFORE WE START GETTING GOING ON OUR NORMAL OPERATIONS. >>WE GOT A CAMERA, ARE WE GOING TO BE GOING ON THIS CAMERA RIGHT HERE? >>WE ARE WORKING TO GET ON TV, SO WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BRING YOU THE LATEST. WE STILL HAVE THE FLASHERS AND ALL OF THE ALARMS GOING IN PLACE, SO IT IS ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE WE ARE DOING ú JOHN ACTUALLY GAVE ME HIS COAT. YOU PROBABLY SAW ME SHAKING A LITTLE BIT EARLIER. THAT WAS JUST BECAUSE I WAS STANDING IN ALL OF THIS WATER, AND MY — IN MY DRESS SHOES, I WAS IN DRESS SHOES FOR WORK, GOT COVERED WITH ALL OF THAT WATER, AND WHAT HAPPENED WAS MY SOCKS ARE WET. STANDING OUTSIDE, WE HAD TO EVACUATE THE BUILDING. I GOT A LITTLE COLD FOR A SECOND, JOHN GAVE ME HIS COAT. NOW THAT WE ARE BACK IN, YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT DID. THIS IS A MAGNITUDE 7.0 EARTHQUAKE FIVE MILES OUTSIDE OF TOWN, SO JUST FIVE MILES FROM HERE. AND THAT WAS JUST 25 MILES DEEP. THAT ALSO TRIGGERED A TSUNAMI WARNING. TSUNAMI WARNING FOR THE COOK INLET, ALL OF THOSE AREAS FROM ANCHORAGE ALL THE WAY DOWN UNTIL YOU GET INTO THE GULF OF ALASKA. THIS WAS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION. >>I WANT TO POINT OUT A COUPLE THINGS HERE, JUST USING THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY SHOULD WE SEE THIS AGAIN. YOU CAN SEE THIS ROOM. EVERYTHING, CEILING TILES HAVE FALLEN, MONITORS, TVs, WHAT HAVE YOU, SCARY SITUATION. HOWEVER, LOOK AT THESE DESKS. AD YOU BEEN UNDER HERE LIKE I THINK JOHN PROBABLY WAS. >>YEAH, I WAS UNDER THE ONE RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. >>THIS IS COMPLETELY INTACT, OKAY? COME OVER HERE AND LOOK AT THESE COUNTERS. >>DID YOU GET UNDER THE DESK? >>YEAH. >>THIS CEILING HAS FALLEN, THE MONITORS HAVE FALLEN, BUT UNDER HERE, THIS IS COMPLETELY SAFE. COME WITH ME. >>IT’S ANOTHER GOOD REMINDER TO KEEP YOUR UNDERDESK AREAS CLEAR THROUGHOUT THE YEAR SO YOU DON’T HAVE OBSTACLES WHEN YOU GET UNDERNEATH THEM. >>LOOK IN HERE. COMPLETELY INTACT. >>THIS IS OUR CONFERENCE ROOM. THIS IS A HUGE, HEAVY CREDENZA DESK THAT HAS FALLEN DOWN. YOU SEE THIS TABLE COMPLETELY INTACT. SO WHEN WE SAY TO STOP, DROP AND HOLD ON, THESE ARE THE PLACES THAT YOU WANT TO BE. USE THIS AS A REMINDER SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. >>LOOK AT THIS HALLWAY. >>THESE ARE ALL OUR GOLDY AWARDS. THEY HAVE FALLEN. THEY WERE NICELY UP ON THE WALL HERE. YOU CAN SEE NOT ONE IS LEFT. THEY ARE ALL ON THE GROUND. THERE’S ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE EDIT BAY DOORS. >>AGAIN, A REMINDER THAT IF YOU’RE STANDING SOMEWHERE, YOU NEED TO GET TO A PLACE TO GET SHELTER, UNDERNEATH WHATEVER IS FALLING BECAUSE ALL OF THESE PICTURES, ANY ONE OF THOSE COULD HAVE FALLEN ON YOUR HEAD. BUT, AGAIN, EVEN THESE LITTLE TABLES DOESN’T LOOK BIG, BUT DOUG SHOWED THIS HOW EVEN UNDER HERE YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN PROTECTED FROM WHAT WAS FALLING HERE. >>SO WE ARE ON AIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TUNING IN. I’M METEOROLOGIST JEREMY HERE AT KTVA. I DO THE “DAYBREAK” SHOW, SO WE HAD JUST FINISHED “DAYBREAK.” WE WERE IN >>WE HAVE GOD JEREMY BROADCASTING LIVE NOW AT THE CBS AFFILIATE IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. THIS IS ERIC. >>WE GOT TO LOOK AT THIS CAMERA HERE. THIS IS ONE OF OUR CAMERAS IN THE STUDIO. >>YOU PROBABLY KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS THAN I DO. >>I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. IT’S PRETTY BAD. IT’S SECOND CAMERA IN THIS UPSTAIRS AREA THAT I HAVE SEEN THAT HAS FALLEN. LOOKS LIKE WE ARE DOWN TWO CAMERAS. THOSE ARE GOING TO BE ROUGH. >>DID MELISSA, DID YOU WALK AROUND DOWNSTAIRS YET? >>NOT YET. WE WALKED THROUGH THIS AREA, SHOWED OFF THIS STUFF. GO OVER HERE. WE HAVE GOT SOME THESE OTHER AREAS WE’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU. THIS IS OUR CONFERENCE ROOM. IT’S OUR BREAK ROOM. >>OH, MAN. >>WE HAVE GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF FOOD STUFF. THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE ONE OF THE WATER ISSUES CAME FROM, COULD HAVE BEEN HERE, COULD HAVE BEEN THE CEILINGS. WE DON’T KNOW YET. THIS IS A TV IN THE BREAK ROOM FELL, RIPPED OFF THE WALL. SO JUST A REMINDER, BE VERY SAFE WHEN YOU’RE — IF AN EARTHQUAKE WERE TO HAPPEN, GET UNDER SOMETHING STURDY. IF YOU’RE — IF THAT WAS — IF YOU WERE HIDING AGAINST THE WALL OR SHELTERING UP AGAINST A WALL, THAT WOULD HAVE FALLEN ON YOU. OUR REFRIGERATOR HAS BEEN MOVED OUT FROM THE WALL. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN TELL HOW MUCH BUT QUITE A BIT. >>DID YOU SHOW OFF YOUR OFFICE YET? >>NOT YET. THIS IS THE GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT OFFICE WHERE WE HAVE FLOODING, BATTERIES ALL OVER THE PLACE, LOTS OF — >>SOME TVs WERE ABLE TO STICK ON THE WALL THERE AND ON THE — ON THE WALL. MAN, IT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY DESTRUCTION AND MESS. THIS IS DOUG’S DESK RIGHT HERE. THIS IS WHERE THE GENTLEMAN HOLDING THE CELL PHONE WORKS. WORKS ON DAYBREAK AND DIFFERENT — >>LET’S HEAD THIS WAY TOWARDS MASTER CONTROL. >>TAKE YOU DOWN TOWARD THE MAIN STUDIO RIGHT NOW. AND, AGAIN, IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, IT HAPPENED ABOUT 8:30. WE ARE ON DAYBREAK FROM 6:00 TO 7:00, DOING CUT-INS AND DIFFERENT THINGS. >>LOOKS LIKE MASTER CONTROL IS DOING ALL RIGHT. THAT’S GOOD. >>MASTER CONTROL, YOU CAN SEE JEREMY THERE, THAT’S GOING OUT OVER BROADCAST TELEVISION. BUT WE WERE JUST GETTING READY FOR THE DAY BASIS CLEE, GOING TO — BASICALLY, GOING TO — WE HAD FISH AND GAME ON THIS MORNING ON DAYBREAK SO WE BREAK THOSE STORIES UP AND GIVE CONTENT FOR THE EVENING NEWS. SO THAT’S WHAT WE WERE DOING ABOUT 8:30, 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE AND IT WAS ABOUT 5 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE, 25 MILES DEEP SO PRETTY SHALLOW AND JUST CAUSED MASS DESTRUCTION. OVERPASSES IN — AND ALSO THE EAGLE RIVER BRIDGE. >>SHOW OFF — >>SHOW OFF THIS. >>THIS IS OUR PRODUCTION CONTROL ROOM. JEREMY IS LIVE ON OUR STATION. OUR MONITORS HAVE FALLEN. WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF LIGHTS HAVE FALLEN. >>SOUND BOARD HERE. OID SLIDERS ON THE BOARD UP MANUALLY. >>THIS IS DANGEROUS TOO. ERIC ALMOST HIT HIS HEAD ON THAT. >>BE CAREFUL. >>HE’S A TALL GUY. >>BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU’RE WALKING ABOUT WITH THIS DEBRIS. >>AND THIS LIGHT FIXTURE IS HANGING ON BY A THREAD. IT LOOKS LIKE. I DON’T REALLY LIKE THIS WHOLE IDEA OF — AT LEAST — YEAH — >>I’D LIKE TO SHOW WHERE I WAS WHEN THIS HAPPENED. >>YEAH, PLEASE. >>THIS IS A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT. IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET UNDER SHELTER. THIS IS THE ROOM I WAS IN WHEN THIS HAPPENED. THIS IS OUR TAPE ROOM. >>THE FIRST IDITAROD IS HERE. >>I WAS AT THE COMPUTER AND GOT OUT OF THE BUILDING BEFORE ALL OF THIS HAPPENED. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESS TO CLEAN UP. IMAGINE IF YOU WERE TRYING TO HIDE OR TAKE SHELTER AGAINST THE WALL WITH THE TAPES. THIS IS WHY YOU DON’T DO THAT BECAUSE THIS CAN FALL ON YOU, HURT YOU, A LOT OF OTHER STUFF COULD HAVE FALLEN AND GOT YOU OR ANY OF US. DON’T STAND UNDER A DOORWAY. GET UNDER SOMETHING STURDY. >>WHAT IS BACK HERE? IT USED TO BE THE GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT. OH, MAN, ENTIRE TABLES FLIPPED OVER. >>YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING FACEBOOK LIVE FOOTAGE OF OUR AFFILIATE IN ANCHORAGE, KTVA. SWITCH GEARS FOR A MOMENT AND GO TO HORST RODDEN BALKER, HE JOINS ME NOW BY PHONE. HORST, IF YOU’RE WATCHING THE PICTURES OUT OF ANCHORAGE, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THEM? >>VERY SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKE, SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND OF COURSE THEY ARE STILL ASSESSING THE DAMAGE. THE EARTHQUAKE — GO AHEAD. >>I WAS GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW, IS THIS PAR FOR THE COURSE IN ANCHORAGE OR A SURPRISE? >>NO, THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANY SURPRISE TO ANYBODY IN ANCHORAGE THAT THERE ARE EARTHQUAKES. IT’S THE MOST PROMINENT EXAMPLE, OF COURSE, WAS THE GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE OF 1964, WHICH HAD A MAGNITUDE OF 9.2. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS EARTHQUAKE TODAY AND THE VERY DEVASTATING ONE IN 1964 IS THAT 1964 EARTHQUAKE WAS PART OF THE SUBDUCTION ZONE EARTHQUAKES, IT’S CALLED A MEGA THRUST EARTHQUAKE AND AN EARTHQUAKE WHERE ONE FLANK OF THE FAULT MOVES UPWARD AND THAT CAUSED A LOT OF DAMAGE. THIS EARTHQUAE TODAY, AS FAR AS WE NOW AS OF NOW, IS AN EARTHQUAKE INSIDE THE SUBDUCTION SLAB OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN UNDER ALASKA, SO IT WAS RELATIVELY DEEP, IT WAS ABOUT 40 MILES DEEP AND IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHALLOWER, THE EFFECTS COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. >>SO WALK ME THROUGH THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE SLOWLY. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EARTHQUAKE BEING, AS YOU SAY, DEEP, MEANING IT HAPPENED DEEP UNDERGROUND, I IMAGINE, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE PEOPLE OF ANCHORAGE. >>IT IS SIMILAR, YOU CAN COMPARE IT TO IF AN EARTHQUAKE IS FURTHER AWAY, YOU WILL FEEL LESS SHAKING SO THE SAME IS TRUE IF THE EARTHQUAKE IS DEEPER, YOU WILL FEEL LESS SHAKING AND THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS ABOUT — THE EPICENTER — THE HYPER CENTER OF THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS ABOUT 40 MILES UNDERGROUND. IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHALLOWER, YOU WOULD HAVE FELT EVEN STRONGER SHAKING AND COULD HAVE BEEN MORE DAMAGE. >>WHILE THIS WAS A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE AT THE SURFACE, AT THE HYPER CENTER, 40 MILES UNDER THE EARTH IT WAS CONSIDERABLY STRONGER? >>WELL, THE MAGNITUDE DOESN’T CHANGE WHERE YOU MEASURE IT. THE POINT IS THE SHAKING, WHAT YOU FEEL OF THE EARTHQUAKE, THAT CHANGES WITH DISTANCE AND IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THE DISTANCE IS HORIZONTALLY, SO IF THE EARTHQUAKE IS FURTHER AWAY FROM YOU OR IF IT’S DEEPER UNDERNEATH YOU, THE SHAKING DECREASES WITH INCREASE IN DISTANCE. >>WE ARE WATCHING SIGNIFICANT SHAKING IN CEILING — AND CEILING FILES FALL AT THE NESBITT COURTHOUSE IN ANCHORAGE. WE HEARD EARLIER ABOUT THE IDEA OF A FORESHOCK, THE POSSIBILITY THAT A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE COULD PRECEDE SOMETHING STRONGER. IS THAT A CREDIBLE CONCERN IN YOUR VIEW? >>WELL, WE CANNOT PREDICT EARTHQUAKES. THAT’S THE MAIN POINT. úSO THER THAT A LARGER EARTHQUAKE MAY FOLLOW BUT WHAT WE CAN ALSO KNOW FOR SURE — >>I WANT TO INTERRUPT YOU AND I APOLOGIZE. THIS IS GOOD NEWS. THERE HAS BEEN A CANCELLATION TO THAT TSUNAMI WARNING FOR SOUTHERN ALASKA, NO LONGER — SOUTHERN ANCHORAGE, SORRY, NO LONGER A TSUNAMI WARNING FOR SOUTHERN ANCHORAGE. ANYWAY, CONTINUE. IS THERE A RISK OF A — THIS BEING A FORESHOCK TO A MUCH STRONGER EARTHQUAKE? >>THIS CANNOT BE DETERMINED IF IT’S A FORESHOCK TO A LARGER EVENT BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE TO ASSUME THAT THERE ARE BIG EARTHQUAKES IN ALASKA AS WE HAVE SEEN MANY, MANY TIMES OVER THE LAST DECADES, THE LAST ONE WAS A 9.2 IN 1964. >>WHY IS IT AT THIS POINT THAT WE CAN MEASURE EARTHQUAKES WITH SUCH PRECISION AFTER THE FACT, 40 MILES DEEP, HYPER CENTER, EPICENTER, BUT WE CAN’T ANTICIPATE WHERE THEY MIGHT BE TOMORROW? >>THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PHYSICS, THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES DURING AN EARTHQUAKE AND THE PHYSICAL PROCESSES INSIDE THE EARTH THAT LEAD TO AN EARTHQUAKE ARE NOT FULLY UNDERSTOOD AND THE QUESTION THAT EVEN SOME SIZE KNOWLEDGE GISTS RAISE — SEISMOLOGISTS RAISE IS WILL IT EVER BE FULLY UNDERSTAND. AND AS LONG AS WE DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THE EARTHQUAKES HAPPEN AND WHAT FORCES ARE ACTUALLY ACTING INSIDE THE EARTH, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT. >>WE CAN NEVER PREDICT, ALL WE CAN DO, I SUPPOSE, IS PREPARE. IS ANCHORAGE A PLACE THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER WELL PREPARED FOR SEISMOLOGICAL EVENTS? >>YES, ANCHORAGE CERTAINLY HAS HAD ITS SHARE OF STRONG EARTHQUAKES AND THEY DO A LOT OF WORK IN TERMS OF PREPARATION. IT IS ALWAYS A QUESTION OF WHAT THE INDIVIDUALS DO. THEY PREPARE, FOR INSTANCE, WHEN THEY FEEL LIGHT SHAKING TO GO UNDER THEIR DESK AND DUCK, COVER AND HOLD ON TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF INJURIES FROM FALLING OBJECTS, FOR INSTANCE. THE PEOPLE NEED TO BE TRAINED. THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OR THE FIRST RESPONDERS OR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES IN ANCHORAGE CERTAINLY ARE VERY WELL PREPARED FOR EARTHQUAKES. >>WE HAVE YET TO HEAR OF ANY INJURIES IN ANCHORAGE, WHICH CERTAINLY SUGGESTS THAT PEOPLE WERE EITHER EXTRAORDINARILY LUCKY OR EXTRAORDINARILY WELL PREPARED. FROM A RESEARCH POINT OF VIEW, ARE THERE NEXT STEPS YOU HAVE IN MIND OR THAT MAYBE YOUR COLLEAGUES HAVE A MIND FOR LOOKING MORE DEEPLY AT HOW THIS EARTHQUAKE HAPPENED? >>AFTER EVERY SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKE, WE WILL, OF COURSE, STUDY THE AFTERSHOCKS AND THE AFTERSHOCKS WILL GIVE US MUCH BETTER PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE THE EARTH. WE CANNOT LOOK INSIDE THE EARTH, OR WE CAN’T DRILL THERE AND LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE ROCKS SO WE HAVE TO USE INDIRECT MEASURES AND THE STUDY OF THE AFTERSHOCKS IS CERTAINLY ONE WAY TO DO IT AND THERE’S A VERY DENSE NETWORK OF SEISMIC STATIONS IN ALASKA RUN BY THE STATE OF ALASKA, UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA AND ALSO RUN BY A RESEARCH ORGANIZATION CALLED EARTH SCOPE AND ALL OF THESE — THE INFORMATION FROM ALL OF THESE NETWORKS TOGETHER WILL GIVE THE RESEARCH SCIENTISTS THERE A MUCH BETTER PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED DURING THIS EARTHQUAKE. >>I MEAN, ANCHORAGE IS — OR ALASKA IN GENERAL IS KNOWN FOR OIL DRILLING AND NOT FAR FROM WHERE THIS EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED. THERE ARE COMPANIES THAT CAN PUT A SPIKE MANY MILES INTO THE EARTH AND DRAW OUT WHAT THEY WANT. CAN THOSE SAME TECHNOLOGIES NOT BE USED TO GET A BETTER PICTURE OF HOW THIS HAPPENED AND WHEN IT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE? >>AS I SAID THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS — THE HYPER CENTER OF THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS 40 MILES BELOW THE GROUND. THE DEEPEST BOREHOLE EVER DRILLED AND IT IS NOT AN OIL WELL, IT WAS A SCIENTIFIC WELL, WAS ABOUT 8 MILES. THAT WAS THE DEEPEST BOREHOLE EVER DRILLED. >>WOW. >>AND SO THE OIL WELLS, FOR INSTANCE, IN THE PRUDENTLE BAY ARE AT MAXIMUM TWO, 3 MILES DEEP AND THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE US A PICTURE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE FAULTS THAT ARE MUCH DEEPER INSIDE THE EARTH. >>HORST RADEMACHER, HORST, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>MY PLEASURE. >>WE WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO OUR CBS AFFILIATE KTVA, IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, THEY WERE DAMAGED IN THIS 7.0 EARTHQUAKE IN ANCHORAGE, KNOCKED OFF THE AIR FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN AN HOUR. THEY HAVE BEEN STREAMING ON FACEBOOK TAKING US THROUGH THE BUILDING, SHOWING US THE DAMAGE AND WE WANT TO LISTEN IN TO THAT STREAM. TAKE A LOOK, TAKE A LISTEN. >>WE HAVE THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM KIND OF BLOW AND RUNNING THROUGH THE PUDDLES. IS IT STILL DRIPPING DOWN FROM THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM THERE? >>LOOKS LIKE IT IS. >>WHERE WERE YOU THIS MORNING? WERE YOU — >>I WAS IN MY HOUSE, GETTING READY. I WAS GOING TO GO GRAB BREAKFAST AND COME IN. I KIND OF FREAKED OUT. WE HAVE A SMALL APARTMENT. WE DON’T HAVE A TABLE TO GET UNDER SO I DID WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MOVIE WHERE I STOOD AGAINST THE WALL UNDER MY DOOR FRAME IN THE BEDROOM. AND HELD ONTO IT. AND IT WAS JUST TERRIFYING JUST WATCHING WHAT I NOTICED WAS THE SOUND BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE. >>REALLY? >>IT WAS THIS ANGLE AGREE THUNDER SOUND. BEFORE I HEARD IT, I WAS LIKE, WHAT IS THAT? MY MICROWAVE FELL OFF THE COUNTER. >>IN AN APARTMENT OR A HOUSE? >>SECOND STORY APARTMENT. VERY TINY, SO USUALLY LIKE GETTING UNDER A DESK OR TABLE OR SOMETHING SOLID IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO. >>THAT’S WHAT WE DID HERE AT THE STATION. >>I DIDN’T HAVE THAT OPTION. >>GOTCHA. AND YOU JUST MOVED IN RECENTLY, RIGHT? YOU DON’T HAVE A TABLE SET UP? >>NO. WE HAVE A COFFEE TABLE. THAT’S THE MOST. >>I’M GLAD YOU’RE OKAY. >>THE CAT JUST KIND OF RODE IT OUT BY LAYING ON THE STEP AND JUST KIND OF HUNKERED DOWN ON THE STAIRS. >>THEY SAY ANIMALS CAN SENSE THESE THINGS. DID THE CAT ACT STRANGE? >>HE HAS IN THE PAST BEFORE EARTHQUAKES. BUT I WENT — I WENT TO 6:00 A.M. YOGA. I CAME HOME, SHOWERED, I HADN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO HER. >>A LOT OF PEOPLE GETTING READY FOR THE DAY. A LOT OF WORK THAT WORK HERE. >>WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF RUNNING A CRAWL NOW. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PUT IN IT. >>YOU GUYS OVER HERE. TO SHOW YOU SOME MORE OF THIS WATER DAMAGE WE HAVE, IT LOOKS LIKE WE CAN DEFINITIVELY SAY ONE OF OUR SPRINKLERS HERE IS WHAT CAUSED A LOT OF THIS DAMAGE. WATER STILL SEEPING OUT OF IT, DRIPPING ON THE FLOOR HERE. ONCE AGAIN, THIS AREA IS REALLY ROUGH. I’M NOT GOING TO WALK THROUGH IT. SHAWN WILL, BUT I AM NOT GOING TO. ONCE AGAIN, YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE THESE EDIT BAY DOORS OVER HERE THAT ARE ALL GLASS, THAT ARE MAINLY PILED UP THERE. THOSE WERE OBVIOUSLY MOVED AFTER THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE TOOK PLACE. GUYS, WE ARE BACK. WE ARE GOING TO KEEP WALKING THROUGH THIS AREA OF THIS WATER. SHOW YOU SOME OF THAT. MAYBE HOW DEEP IT IS A LITTLE BIT. THAT IT’S PRETTY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BUILDING. A LOT OF WATER. WE ARE GOING TO WALK YOU THROUGH OVER HERE IN THE HALLWAY, SEE IF THERE’S ANY MORE DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION WE CAN SHOW YOU REAL QUICK. I THINK WE SHOWED YOU PRETTY MUCH MOST OF THAT. WALK YOU BACK INTO THE NEWSROOM WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE CAMERAS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S TURNED OVER UPSIDE DOWN AND JUST BROKEN. SHOW YOU MORE OF THIS. THERE IS A BIT OF A HAZE IN THE ROOM RIGHT NOW FROM ALL THE PARTICULATES FROM THE DRYWALL. I’M GOING TO COVER MY MOUTH, TRY TO BE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE. DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MANY OF OUR STUDIO LIGHTS FELL WHICH IS THANKFUL. THESE ARE HEAVY LIGHTS, THESE ARE HEAVY THINGS BUT OUR ENGINEERING CREW HAS THEM SET UP SOLID AND SAFE. >>YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO CONTACT ANYONE ON BASE OR ANY — >>WE ARE TRYING — YEAH. >>INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS OPEN, FLIGHTS COMING IN AND OUT, APPARENTLY LITTLE OR NO DAMAGE OVER THERE. HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE BUSINESS OUT AT THE AIRPORT, YOU ARE SUGGESTED TO CALL AND — CALL YOUR AIRLINE, MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS STILL GOING ON THERE. HAVE NOT HEARD FROM ANYONE OVER AT J BARE. WE HAVE TRIED, I HAVE TRIED CELL PHONE, LAND LINES. CALL CONTINUE TO DROP OUT. SO WE DO HAVE PHONES HERE IN THE NEWSROOM AND IF YOU HAVE — I WILL SAY THIS. >>PLEASE. >>IF YOU DO HAVE AN AGENCY, IF YOU ARE PART OF AN AGENCY, YOU WANT TO GET INFORMATION OUT, OUR NEWSROOM HOTLINE DOES WORK, 274-1111. >>VERY GOOD. GOOD POINT. 907-274-1111, IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION AND — OR YOU WANT TO — FROM AROUND TOWN IF SOMETHING IS GOING ON, BUT SPECIFICALLY LIKE YOU SAID, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS, WE ARE AT ML AND P GOING AROUND, DIFFERENT POWER OUTAGES REPORTED IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA RIGHT NOW. >>JUST GOT SOMETHING FROM STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE ON KEEN ICEPER HIGHWAY, PASSABLE WITH CARE, USE CAUTION WHEN GOING THROUGH THE AREA. DAMAGE AT 19.7, 500 FEET BY THREE TO 4 INCHES WIDE. ROAD IS PASSABLE, JUST DRIVE SLOW AND BE CAUTIOUS ON ALL THE ROADS. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE GOT RIGHT NOW. EXCUSE ME ONE SECOND. >>YEAH, WE ARE CLEARLY GETTING CALLS IN NOW LIVE FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND DIFFERENT AGENCIES. WE ARE GOING TO TRY OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU GUYS UPDATED WITH AS MUCH CURRENT INFORMATION AS WE CAN. WE DON’T HAVE ANY INFORMATION YET ABOUT KEY MY SEWARD HIGHWAY, ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO GET YOU INFORMATION ABOUT EVERYTHING AS FAST AS WE CAN HERE AT KTVA. STAY TUNED TO OUR FACEBOOK LIVE FEED AT KTVA’S FACEBOOK PAGE AND DAYBREAK PAGE. AS YOU CAN TELL THE PHONES ARE GOING NUTS. >>PHONES ARE GOING OFF RIGHT NOW. THAT GUY, HE HAD JUST CALLED IN, SAID SOME BRIDGES — AND I WASN’T ABLE TO PICK UP TOO MUCH FROM HIM. HE SAID A FRIEND HAD RELAYED INFORMATION. LET’S FIND OUT. KTVA11 NEWS. >>YES, MA’AM. >>YOUR DAUGHTER LIVES IN EAGLE RIVER. WE DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT EAGLE RIVER RIGHT NOW. IT IS HAIRY. WE ARE NOT GETTING TOO MUCH INFORMATION. I DON’T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING THAT’S INCORRECT. WE DID HEAR THAT THE EAGLE RIVER BRIDGE WAS SHAKY AND THEY HAD SHUT IT DOWN AT ONE POINT SO THERE WAS NO TRAFFIC COMING INTO ANCHORAGE FROM EAGLE RIVER. I IMAGINE — YEAH, AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 5 MILES NORTH, CAN’T GET AHOLD OF YOUR DAUGHTER ON THE PHONE RIGHT NOW? NO? OKAY. WELL, JUST HANG TOUGH. ALASKANS ARE VERY STRONG AND I THINK EVERYBODY — I DON’T WANT TO SAY EVERYBODY IS OKAY. I’M REALLY SORRY BUT IT’S NOT — I’M SORRY. I’M SORRY. AS SOON AS WE KNOW SOMETHING, WE WILL KNOW. BUT HANG TIGHT. >>WE ARE GOING TO WALK OVER HERE TO SHOW YOU THE STUDIO DESTRUCTION. OUR NEWSROOM STARTING TO GET BUSY. THAT’S HOW JOURNALISTS WORK, SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS, WE HAVE TO WORK. OUR MONITORS SMASHED AND FALLEN. I SHOWED YOU EARLIER THE PANELS OUTSIDE. THIS IS ONE OF THE ROOMS WHERE THIS WAS — THIS FELL SO THIS WAS RIGHT OUTSIDE AND THAT’S WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE CLOSE UP. AND YOU CAN SEE THERE SOME OF THE CRACKS IN THE BUILDING, THE STRUCTURE HERE IS DEFINITELY DAMAGED. WE HAVE SOME MORE HERE. MORE JUST COVERAGE OVER HERE. SHOW YOU SOME OF OUR OTHER AREAS. THIS IS OUR NEWS DESK. USUALLY IT’S FULL OF MONITORS AND EVERYTHING IS UP AND WORKING AND, UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS OUR SITUATION. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE IF THIS IS WHAT OUR STATION LOOKS LIKE, WHAT OTHER PLACES AROUND ALASKA LOOK LIKE. SO ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR VIDEO AND PHOTOS OF YOUR AREAS AND YOUR HOUSES SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE GET THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OUT FROM KTVA. >>MY HOUSE WAS COMPLETELY SHAKING. >>THIS IS CASSIE SHERMS. >>I HAVE A SECOND FLOOR ON MY HOUSE WHERE I WAS SLEEPING AND I WOKE UP TO THE SHAKING, ALL MY WALLS AND STUFF, EVERYTHING FELL OFF. >>BUT YOU’RE OKAY? >>WE WERE ON THE GLEN HIGHWAY TRYING TO MAKE IT OVER TO EAGLE RIVER. THERE’S NO MOVEMENT. >>CAN YOU TELL FOLKS AT HOME WHAT’S HAPPENING? >>I WAS TRYING TO DRIVE OUT THERE. IT’S NOT MOVING AT ALL. IT WAS BACKED UP FOR MILES. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET OUT TO EAGLE RIVER, DON’T TRY TO GO AROUND BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE JUST TRYING TO MOVE AND IT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. AGAIN, IF YOU GUYS ARE DRIVING RIGHT NOW, WATCHING THIS, FIRST OF ALL, BE CAREFUL. DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE AND WHAT NOT BUT IT IS DANGEROUS OUT THERE, SUPERSLICK AND PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET AROUND TO WHEREVER THEY NEED TO GO AND THE BEST THING TO DO RIGHT NOW IS TO STAY OFF THE ROADS BECAUSE IT’S NOT SAFE RIGHT úNO >>CASSIE, WERE YOU — I’M SORRY, WERE YOU COMING FROM HOME OR WERE YOU ALREADY AT HOME? >>I WAS AT HOME. >>HOW IS YOUR HOME DOING? >>MY HOME IS FINE. POWER IS OUT EVERYWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. LUCKILY THE STRUCTURE AND EVERYTHING IS GOOD BUT I HAVE A LOT OF BROKEN GLASSES, A LOT OF BROKEN MIRRORS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. BUT, YEAH, EVERYTHING ELSE IS FINE THERE. BUT I WANT OFF THERE TOWARDS GLEN TRYING TO GO TO EAGLE RIVER AND THAT’S WHERE RAN ON INTO TRAFFIC. WE ENDED UP TURNING AROUND IN ONE OF THE LOOPS AND COMING BACK BUT TRAFFIC WASN’T MOVING AT ALL. SO, YEAH, AS SOON AS WE LEARN MORE INFORMATION, KEEP ON SENDING PICTURES, KEEP ON SENDING VIDEOS, WE WANT TO SEE IT. WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION OUT TO YOU GUYS AS WE CAN. AS YOU GUYS CAN SEE, THE PLACE IS A LITTLE OF A MESS. SO MY DESK HAS GOT A LITTLE WAY AS WELL. >>ON YOUR RIDE IN, HOW WAS TRAFFIC IN ANCHORAGE? >>IT’S SLOW. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE MOVING. ALL OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS FROM THERE TO HERE ARE OUT SO PEOPLE ARE KIND OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO CAN GO AND WHO CAN’T. SO AGAIN, BE AWARE OF THAT DRIVING IS NOT THE BEST THING RIGHT NOW. >>ALL RIGHT. YEAH — >>IT TOOK ME ABOUT 45 MINUTES TO GET FROM MIDTOWN TO WORK, IT’S USUALLY A 10 MINUTE DRIVE. I NOTICED A LOT OF DRIVERS WORKING TOGETHER, MOVING OUT OF THE WAY TO LET FIRST RESPONDERS THROUGH SEVERAL AMBULANCES, FIRE TRUCKS, POLICE, BUT THE LESS PEOPLE ON THE ROADS, THE BETTER, THAT WAY EMERGENCY VEHICLES CAN GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GO. WE HAVE SEEN FIRES ACROSS ANCHORAGE, PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP. THAT’S WHO WE WANT FIRST RESPONDERS TO GET TO. THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IS ASKING YOU TO STAY PUT AND ALSO DO NOT CLOG UP THE EMERGENCY LINES. DON’T CALL 911 UNLESS YOU ARE TRULY EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY. MONITOR OUR FEED HERE, MONITOR THE WEBSITE AND LOOK FOR TOOLS ONLINE IF YOU WANT INFORMATION, BUT TRY NOT TO CALL 911 UNLESS YOU HAVE ACTUAL EMERGENCY. AND, AGAIN, STAY PUT, STAY IN PLACE. THE LESS PEOPLE ON THE ROADS, THE BEST YOUR FIRST RESPONDERS CAN GET TO PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM. >>ONCE AGAIN WE WANT TO SHOW YOU THE WATER WE ARE DEALING WITH. DANIELA GAVE THAT REPORT STANDING IN WATER. BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE IN YOUR HOME. CHECK FOR WATER DAMAGE, CHECK FOR ANY SORT OF LIKE SPARKS OR FIRES AND ELECTRICAL DAMAGE. BE SAFE. THAT’S OUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY, IS BE SAFE AND IF YOU’RE IN AN EMERGENCY, GET SAFE, CALL EMERGENCY SERVICES, GET THE HELP THAT YOU NEED. >>YEAH. >>NO EMERGENCY SERVICES. AGAIN, IF YOU’RE WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES, YOU CAN PLEASE REACH OUT TO US LIKE DAVE SAID. >>UPDATED STUFF HERE. GETTING PHONE CALLS OUTBOUND GLEN AT HIGHLAND, TRAFFIC IS BEING DIVERTED FROM OVER THERE. APPARENTLY THEY ARE STILL — AGAIN, THIS IS UNCONFIRMED, THAT THE EAGLE RIVER EXIT RAMP HAS COLLAPSED SO — >>THE EAGLE RIVER EXIT RAMP AS COLLAPSED? >>THAT’S WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD. NOT CONFIRMED BY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL. >>THERE WE GO. SO BASICALLY RIGHT NOW TRYING TO GET UP TO THE VALLEY, CAN’T DO IT AND ALSO GOT PHONE CALLS REGARDING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO BRING THE ANCHOR RISE PASSENGERS BACK HOME. THAT SERVICE HAS SHUT DOWN RIGHT NOW AS WELL. >>AND AS FOR THE SCHOOLS, ASD HAS ASKED PARENTS GO GET YOUR KIDS. THEY ARE GOING TO STAY WITH THEM AS LONG AS THEY NEED TO BUT THEY WANT PARENTS TO COME AND GET KIDS AS SOON AS YOU CAN, AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE, GET THEM AND STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. WHAT WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT IS AFTERSHOCKS THAT CAN HAPPEN. >>THERE WAS A 5.7 AFTERSHOCK AND A 4.1 AFTERSHOCK TODAY. >>AND IF THAT HAPPENS, YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE TO A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GET UNDER SOMETHING STABLE, SOMETHING LIKE THIS DESK. >>THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I GOT UNDER, 8:30 AND IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, 8:30, 7.0 EARTHQUAKE ABOUT 5 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE SO ABOUT 5 MILES FROM WHERE WE ARE AT, I WAS STANDING — OR I WAS ACTUALLY SITTING DOWN RIGHT HERE, HEARD THE SHAKE AND TYPICALLY WE HAVE HAD FELT A COUPLE OF EARTHQUAKES, NOT TOO BAD. THIS WAS A DIFFERENT FEELING. I MEAN, IT WAS — IT WASN’T THAT SLOW BUILD, THAT RUMBLE — >>AND THE SOUND. >>YOU HEAR IT, IT WAS LIKE THUNDER, HEAVY, HEAVY SOUNDS. THE SECOND THAT STARTED GOING ú JUST DROPPED DOWN. >>AND HOW FAST DID YOU GET UNDER THE DESK? >>GOSH. YOU KNOW HOW LIKE IN THE MOMENT IT FEELS LIKE IT’S FOREVER AND THAT WAS ONE OF THOSE EARTHQUAKES THAT FELT LIKE IT WAS NOT GOING TO STOP, RIGHT? I MEAN, SOMETIMES WITH SOME OF THESE MINOR EARTHQUAKES, JUST RIDE THEM LIKE A WAVE AND IT’S JUST A BUMP AND YOU’RE FINE. BUT THIS WAS, IT WAS VIOLENTLY SHAKING AND THEN YOU SAW THOSE GLASS DOORS SLAMMING DOWN, THE LIGHT FIXTURE ABOVE YOU WAS VIOLENTLY SHAKING. I MEAN, THE ROOF WAS COLLAPSING IN, THE VENTS COMING THROUGH, THE ROOF, THAT CAMERA FLIPPED OVER. ONE OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL CAMERAS SMASHED TO THE GROUND. >>DID YOU GET OUT AND THEN GO BACK IN DURING THE AFTERSHOCKS OR DID YOU KIND OF STAY PUT? >>YOU KNOW, I’LL BE HONEST. THE AFTERSHOCK, I THINK WE WERE OUTSIDE SO WE WERE DOWN HERE UNTIL IT COMPLETELY STOPPED AND THEN THAT’S WHEN THE — >>WE ARE GETTING A LITTLE AFTERSHOCK NOW. >>GET UNDER THE DESK. GET IN HERE, MAN. ANOTHER AFTERSHOCK. YOU JUST EXPERIENCED A LIVE AFTERSHOCK THAT WAS — WE DID EXACTLY WHAT WE TOLD YOU TO DO. WE GOT UNDER THE DESKS. >>YEAH, MAN. >>WE ARE — >>THIS ISN’T TOO BAD, ACTUALLY. >>NICE GOING, GUYS. >>I’VE NEVER GOTTEN UNDER A DESK THAT FAST. >>I CAN TELL YOU THERE’S NO PLACE I WOULD RATHER BE THAN HERE WITH JOHN. >>WE GOT THIS. >>I AM IMPRESSED YOU BOTH FIT. >>IT’S A NICE DESK, ACTUALLY. IF YOU LOOK AROUND, YOU WERE POINTING OUT EARLIER ALL THE CARNAGE, LIKE UNDER THIS DESK. THIS DEFECT IS STRUCTURALLY SOUND. IT IS GOOD. THERE’S NO PROBLEM. >>YEAH. >>I GUESS THE ONLY THING YOU KIND OF WORRY ABOUT IS MAKING SOME SHRAPNEL OR SHARDS. >>YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE IF YOU HAVE YOUR PHONE WITH YOU, YOU HAVE IT CHARGED AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN SO IF SOMETHING LIKE THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU DURING — CALL SOMEBODY TO GIVE YOU HELP. >>WE ARE GOING TO MOVE DOWNSTAIRS FOR SAFETY REASONS. ALL RIGHT? >>ALL RIGHT. >>GUYS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE OUT BECAUSE WE GOT THAT AFTERSHOCK. WE ARE BEING TOLD WE NEED TO EXIT THE BUILDING. SO WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK THE WAY WE CAME. GATHER OUR STUFF AS MUCH AS WE CAN. AGAIN — >>JEREMY. >>I THINK IT’S PROBABLY SAFETY REASONS. >>HAS ANYONE BEEN DOWN THERE? >>WHERE? >>DOWN THERE? >>WE WENT DOWN IN THE STUDIO. DID YOU SEE THE CAMERA? >>>>STUDIO. OKAY. >>WE ARE GOING TO WALK DOWN TO THE STUDIO. >>I KNOW WE KEEP REPEATING IT BUT I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS ARE JUST TUNING IN AND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, 7.0 EARTHQUAKE, 5 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE, 25 MILES DEEP, SO NOT — SO PRETTY SHALLOW. WE ARE STILL GETTING A LOT OF INFORMATION, THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT HERE WANTED PARENTS TO GO PICK UP THEIR CHILDREN. >>COME GET YOUR KIDS. THEY ARE WATCHING THEM, OBVIOUSLY. THEY ARE GOING TO STAY WITH THEM UNTIL YOU CAN COME AND GET THEM BUT THEY HAVE ASKED THAT PARENTS COME AND GET KIDS SO THEY CAN TAKE THEM HOME AND KEEP THEM THERE. WE ALWAYS GOT AN A– ALSO GOT AN ALERT AND I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS STILL RELEVANT BECAUSE THIS CAME IN LIKE AN HOUR AGO BUT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE MOVED TO EAST HIGH. >>WERE MOVED TO EAST HIGH? >>YES. THAT’S WHERE PARENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO PICK UP THE MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS. THAT’S THE LAST UPDATE WE GOT FROM ASD. >>THAT’S ODD BECAUSE IT’S FAR AWAY. >>AFTERSHOCK WAS THE CLOSEST YOU CAN GET TO THE ACTION. >>YEAH. >>JIMMY, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING NEW? >>YEAH. WE WILL SOON BE BROADCASTING STATEWIDE,. >>660 NORTH. >>ON 360 NORTH WE WILL BE BROADCASTING STATEWIDE. WE ARE RIGHT NOW BROADCASTING HERE AT CHANNEL 11 AND WE ARE GOING TO KEEP EVERYTHING UPDATED SO WE HAVE GOT THE ALL CLEAR TO GO IN OUR CONTROL ROOM AND DOWN INTO OUR STUDIO SO WE ARE GOING TO START MIKING UP AND WE ARE GOING TO DO ALL THIS. STAY WITH US. STAY WITH US. >>LIVE BEHIND THE SCENES, AGAIN, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE EQUIPMENT WE ALREADY HAVE AVAILABLE TO US. >>DO YOU HAVE THE MICROPHONES? >>USE BOTH MIKES FOR NOW. >>ALL RIGHT. >>BOTH IN CASE ONE IS NOT WORKING? >>OH. >>HEADED DOWNSTAIRS. >>GRAB THEM ALL. >>I DON’T HAVE AN EAR PIECE. >>I DON’T KNOW YET. WE ARE GOING TO STAY LIVE. I’M GOING TO KEEP HOLDING THE CAMERA. >>PART OF THE PRODUCTION CONTROL TEAM. HE MAY NEED TO HANG UPSTAIRS. WE ARE GRABBING ALL THE MICROPHONES, TAKING THEM DOWNSTAIRS, SEE WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOES NOT WORK. >>YOU’RE KIND OF SEEING FIRSTHAND AT LEAST FROM THE TV STATION — >>WE ARE SEEING SAFE LOCATIONS ONCE AGAIN ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE SAFETY UNDER THE DESK. WE ARE GOING TO COME DOWN HERE. YES. YEAH, LOOKS LIKE OUR CONTROL ROOM IS PRETTY INTACT. AGAIN, ONCE AGAIN, IT’S THE CEILING THAT HAS SUSTAINED THE DAMAGE, BUT YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE POWER. >>STAY WITH US. >>YOU ARE SEEING LIVE BEHIND THE SCENES, AGAIN, WE ARE WORKING WITH BANRY PAX AND WITH THE EQUIPMENT WE ALREADY HAD AVAILABLE TO US. JOHN, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE YOU GRAB THOSE MICROPHONES AND IFEs. >>SWITCH TO MIKES. >>NO. USE BOTH MIKES FOR NOW. >>ALL RIGHT. >>BOTH IN CASE ONE IS NOT WORKING. >>OH, GOTCHA. >>WE ARE HEADED DOWNSTAIRS TO CHECK OUT THE STUDIO. >>THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH US, AGAIN, WE ARE CONTINUING TO ASSESS THIS DAMAGE. STILL SHAKING FROM THE EARTHQUAKE ITSELF AND FROM THE AFTERSHOCKS BUT ALSO WANTING TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHERE TO STAY SAFE. SO LOOKING AT OUR STUDIO, THIS IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE. AGAIN, HERE WE ARE, THIS IS A GREEN SCREEN, EVERYTHING IN HERE LOOKS PRETTY INTACT. LIGHTS ARE FLICKERING A LITTLE BIT. THAT’S JUST FROM THE EARLIER FIRE ALARMS, BUT IN GENERAL EVERYTHING LOOKS PRETTY SAFE. WE ARE CLOSE TO AN EMERGENCY EXIT HERE, WHICH SHOULD WE NEED TO EVACUATE AGAIN, MAKES ME FEEL CONFIDENT HERE. I WILL PASS THIS TO YOU. >>AND THEN I WILL LET YOU PUT THIS ON. SO WHAT I JUST HANDED MELISSA WAS THE MIKE. WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO GO IN OUR STUDIO, WE HAVE A DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO, STUDIO A, THE ONE THAT YOU SEE DAYBREAK, NIGHT CAST, AND A LOT OF OUR NEWS IS ACTUALLY OUT OF THIS STUDIO. WE GOT THE ALL CLEAR TO BE IN HERE. SO MELISSA IS PUTTING ON THE MIKE. WE HAVE LITTLE EAR PIECES THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE PUTTING ON, SO WE ARE GETTING EVERYTHING READY TO GO BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, IT’S STILL FLASHING, OUR LIGHT UP HERE IS ACTUALLY — HAS ACTUALLY DROPPED ABOUT 4 FEET AND CROOKED ABOVE JOHN’S HEAD IF YOU LOOK UP. THIS LIGHT IS TYPICALLY UP, MUCH, MUCH HIGHER AND SO THAT HAS FALLEN DOWN AND YOU CAN SEE IT JUST BIG TIME DROP THERE AND LOOK HOW CROOKED IT IS. IT’S MUCH HIGHER IN THE FRONT THAN IT IS BACK HERE IN THE BACK. AND THIS IS ONE OF MANY JUST SUBTLE THINGS THAT YOU’RE JUST LOOKING AROUND AND NOTICING. EVEN THE LIGHTS OVER ON — HERE, I’M SORRY ABOUT THAT. EVEN THE LIGHTS OVER HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE STUDIO, THESE ARE MUCH LOWER THAN THEY NORMALLY ARE. THEY ARE ARE THE ARMS THAT WEND, LOOKS LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE ARMS LOOSENED UP AND THEY CAME DOWN A LITTLE. SO THESE ARE ALL SUBTLE LITTLE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON AND THIS IS DOWN ON THE GROUND FLOOR. THIS IS THE PART OF THE BUILDING THAT SUSTAINED THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE. SO WE ARE CURRENTLY GETTING ALL THESE CAMERAS FIRED UP. YOU’RE STILL WITH US, WE HAVE GOT JOHN ON THE CAMERA. HE’S DOING A GREAT JOB. SO THANK YOU JOHN. BUT YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING KIND OF LOOKING LIKE IT MADE IT BUT LOOK AT THIS. EVEN THE COMPUTERS OVER HERE, THIS IS A RELATIVELY LEVEL PLACE AND THIS IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR SO IT TOOK THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SHAKING. IT SHOOK THE COMPUTERS ALL THE WAY TO THE FRONT. THEY WERE BASICALLY FALLING OFF AND NOW I’M GOING TO LEAVE THEM BACK THERE AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU LET THE PROFESSIONALS TAKE CARE OF IT IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING. WE HAVE CREWS IN, THEY CHECKED EVERYTHING, SAID, HEY, IT’S ALL OKAY BECAUSE AFTER THAT MAGNITUDE SEVEN EARTHQUAKE THAT REALLY SHALLOW MAGNITUDE SEVEN EARTHQUAKE, A LOT OF DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED. EVEN JUST WALKING DOWN THE STAIRS, LOOKING AT THE WALLS, YOU CAN SEE THE SHEETROCK WAS CRACKED. ALL OVER THE PLACE, EVERYWHERE. AND SOME OF OUR FLASHERS STILL GOING OFF, THEY DISABLED THE SOUND SO WE COULD GET BACK IN HERE AND JUST LET YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO BE ON 360 NORTH BROADCASTING STATEWIDE HERE SHORTLY SO THAT’S GOING TO BE UP AND RUNNING HERE ANY MOMENT NOW. WE ARE GETTING MICROPHONES PUT ON, MELISSA IS GETTING HER MIKE READY TO GO SO SHE CAN BRING YOU THE LATEST SO WE ARE GOING TO RUN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT MIKES, DO THE THING WHERE MULTIPLE POINTS OF SAFETY, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OKAY MULTIPLE TIMES BEFORE YOU START MAKING THE FULL SWITCH SO THAT’S ONE OF THE MANY THINGS GOING ON. LOTS OF REPORTS OF TRAFFIC, INTERSTATE IN MINNESOTA, THAT OVERPASS, REPORTS OF THAT COLLAPSING, AND THEN ALL AROUND TOWN, EVEN HEADING UP TO EAGLE RIVER, WE HAD REPORTS THAT THE EAGLE RIVER OVERPASS WAS SHUT DOWN WHILE THEY CHECK IT FOR STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY. WE HAD REPORTS OF MULTIPLE AFTERSHOCKS, THE INITIAL ONE, A 5.7 SO 7.0 JUST AROUND 8:30 A.M., THEN AFTERWARD WE HAD A 5.7, YOU PROBABLY FELT THAT ONE. THEN A FEW AROUND 4:00 AND IF YOU WERE WATCHING, YOU PROBABLY SAW US GET THAT NEXT AFTERSHOCK. THAT WAS JUST A LITTLE OVER ONE BUT YOU SAW EVERYBODY DOVE UNDER THE DESK. EVERYBODY GOT IN PLACE. EVERYBODY SHELTERED AS FAST AS THEY POSSIBLY COULD. I’M GOING TO SLOWLY START MIKING UP AS WE ARE TALKING TO. >>THEY ARE GETTING SOME FEEDBACK WHICH MEANS WE ARE NOT ABLE TO HEAR. IT’S PART OF WORKING THROUGH THESE TECHNICAL ISSUES THAT USUALLY WE DON’T HAVE TO THIS DEGREE. >>THE MIKES THEY HAVE IN THE NEWSROOM NEED TO GET TURNED OFF. >>GOT IT. >>THERE’S ALSO MULTIPLE MICROPHONES ON BECAUSE WE AREN’T SURE WHICH ONES WERE WORKING SO THEY HAD QUITE A FEW ON. THEY ARE WORKING TO GET THE RIGHT MICROPHONE, THE RIGHT EAR PIECE. THIS IS OUR CONTROL ROOM. HELEN, OUR DIRECTOR, SHE MAKES THE MAGIC HAPPEN HERE EVERY MORNING ON DAYBREAK AND NOW SHE IS HELPING US GET ALL SET UP AND HOPEFULLY ABLE TO STAY ON THE AIR. YOU CAN SEE JOHN THERE, HE’S DOWNSTAIRS IN OUR NEWS STUDIO, OUR 6:00 P.M., 10:00 P.M. DAYBREAK AND FRONTIER SET AND DOWN THERE THEY ARE HOPING TO BE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER A BETTER BROADCAST FOR YOU, AS SOON AS WE GET THESE ISSUES UNDER CONTROL. BRIAN HERE, OUR PRODUCER, I WILL LET YOU WALK IN. BRIAN IS MONITORING THE LATEST. HE’S MONITORING OUR INTER STATION COMMUNICATION CHANNELS. WE HAVE CREWS IN THE FIELD, AS THEY FEEDBACK INFORMATION, PICTURES, WHAT THEY ARE SEEING, HE’S ABLE TO, AS SOON AS WE GET THOSE EAR PIECES WORKING, GIVE THAT TO MELISSA AND JOHN AND JEREMY DOWNSTAIRS AND THEY CAN GIVE IT TO YOU AND WE DO THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING US. BRIAN, HOW IS IT GOING OVER THERE? >>GOING ALL RIGHT. I AM WAITING ON THE LATEST — IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THERE’S ANYTHING NEW. HOWEVER, ANCHORAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASED — SAYING TO PLEASE ONLY CALL 911 IF IT’S AN EMERGENCY. >>WE HAVEN’T HEARD A LOT FROM OUR EMERGENCY — OR AGENCIES, OUR FIRST RESPONDERS HERE AND THAT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE BUSY. THEY ARE WORKING THIS MORNING AND YOU CAN HELP THEM BY NOT CLOGGING UP THOSE DISPATCH LINES, THOSE EMERGENCY LINES, ONLY CALL 911 IF YOU ARE IN A TRUE EMERGENCY. AND STAY PUT. STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE. STAY NEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS IF YOU COULD SHOW THEM THIS DESK HERE. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN CLIMB UNDER IF YOU NEED TO TO GET SHELTER. THE LESS PEOPLE ON THE ROADS, THE BETTER. AS I WAS DRIVING IN THIS MORNIG — DO YOU WANT ME TO TAKE THIS? >>YES. >>I’M GOING TO FLY THE PLANE HERE FOR A MINUTE. AS I WAS DRIVING IN THIS MORNING, I NOTICED A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE ROADS. IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO GET HERE TO WORK AND EVERY SO OFTEN ALL OF US WORKED TOGETHER TO GET OUT OF THE WAY OF FIRST RESPONDERS, EMERGENCY VEHICLES TRYING TO GET THROUGH AND HOW MUCH EASIER WOULD IT BE FOR THEM TO GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GO AND DEAL WITH TRUE EMERGENCIES IF THERE WERE LESS CARS ON THE ROAD. IF YOU CAN, GET YOUR KIDS, GET YOUR FAMILY, GET IN A SAFE PLACE AND STAY PUT FOR NOW, ONLY CALL 911 IF IT IS ACTUALLY A TRUE EMERGENCY BECAUSE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AGAIN, THEY ARE BEING INUNDATED WITH CALLS, THEY NEED TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE WHO ARE IN MORE DIRE SITUATIONS AND TRULY DO NEED HELP. I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU — WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK HERE IN THE CONTROL ROOM. >>WHAT’S THE UPDATE, BRIAN? >>JEREMY CYETIC FROM THE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS A FEW THINGS. HE SAYS THERE’S NO TSUNAMI DANGER IN ANCHORAGE BUT IF YOU’RE ON THE PENINSULA OR OTHER AREAS, PLEASE CONTACT LOCAL AUTHORITIES. AFTERSHOCKS MAY BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE ORIGINAL EARTHQUAKE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS SO IF YOU DO FEEL THEM, DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON. IF YOU SMELL NATURAL GAS, TURN YOUR GAS OFF IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU DO NOT SMELL GAS, DO NOT TURN OFF GAS. AGAIN, DO NOT CALL 911 UNLESS IT’S AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY. >>CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE GAS AGAIN? THAT’S IMPORTANT. >>SO JEREMY SAYS IF YOU SMELL NATURAL GAS, TURN OFF YOUR GAS IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU DO NOT SMELL NATURAL GAS, DOES NOT TURN IT OFF. THERE ARE NUMEROUS REPORTS IN ANCHORAGE OF GAS LEAKING EVERYWHERE. MOSTLY IN SOUTH RANK FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD. >>WE HAVE ALSO HAD CREWS AT FIRES TODAY. AGAIN, JUST A LOT OF HAZARDS, A LOT OF THINGS WE DON’T THINK ABOUT WHEN THESE EARTHQUAKES HAPPEN. ONE MINUTE WE ARE FINE, THE NEXT MINUTE WE ARE DEALING WITH ALL OF THIS DAMAGE AND DEVASTATION AND, AGAIN, WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND THAT’S HOW WE GET THROUGH THINGS HERE IN ALASKA AND AS A COMMUNITY. >>HERE’S ANOTHER UPDATE. THE TRANSALASKA PIPELINE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN FOLLOWING THE EARTHQUAKE. >>NO KNOWN INJURIES OR DAMAGES AT THIS TIME. IT WAS ONLY SHUT DOWN AS A PRECAUTION. CREWS ARE WORKING ON ASSESSING THE DAMAGE RIGHT NOW. >>I’M ON AIR RIGHT NOW. >>UPDATE THAT TRANSALASKA PIPELINE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN. THEY ARE ASSESSING DAMAGE. >>SO SOMETHING TO REMEMBER, ALL OF THE PEOPLE HERE WORKING TO GET THE NEWS ON THE AIR AND GET THESE UPDATES TO YOU HAVE FAMILIES TOO AND ARE TRYING TO CHECK ON EVERYONE, MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS SAFE. WE HAVE HAD COWORKERS WHO HAVE TO GO AND GET THEIR KIDS TODAY SAFETY FIRST. IT’S A LOT TO JUGGLE. I’M GOING TO TAKE YOU BACK DOWNSTAIRS WHERE WE ARE BROADCASTING LIVE. WE ARE ON THE AIR FROM OUR NICE DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO. YOU ALL CLEAR? >>YEAH. >>ARE WE USING THE — >>THEY ARE ON THE STUDIO EQUIPMENT NOW SO — >>WHERE ARE YOU GOING? >>HEAD BACK AND SEE IF THERE’S ANOTHER ASSIGNMENT I CAN DO. >>YEAH. SAME. I MIGHT FOLLOW YOU IN A SECOND. >>WE HAVE A CREW LIVE ON AIR. THEY ARE USING THE STUDIO GEAR NOW. >>I’LL BE UP IN A MINUTE. I’M GOING TO TAKE YOU IN HERE AND SHOW YOU WHAT’S GOING ON. >>OUR CREW IS WORKING TO GET UPDATES OUT. THIS IS JEREMY LA GAO. HE’S GIVING UPDATES. JOHN THOMPSON, MELISSA FRY AND CASSIE IN THE BACKGROUND. >>A LOT GOING ON. IF YOU’RE AT HOME, YOU HAVE WATER LEAKING, SHUT IT OFF. IF YOU SMELL ANYTHING FUNNY, WHAT CAN OFTEN HAPPEN IS WHEN YOU GET SOMETHING SHAKING LIKE YOUR HOUSE, ONE SIDE GOES UP, ONE SIDE GOES DOWN AND IT CAN SHEAR SOME PIPES. >>THEY SHUT IT DOWN. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE REASON IS. MIGHT BE PRELIMINARY. IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS — ALL RIGHT SO WE DO HAVE SOME INFORMATION. MULTIPLE ROCK SLIDES ON THE SEWARD HIGHWAY. >>MILE 104 DID YOU SAY, CLOSE TO CURDWOOD? >>114 AROUND POTTERS MARSH. >>EAGLE RIVER, DAMAGE TO THE EAGLE RIVER BRIDGE ACCORDING TO VIEWER SHANNON McCARTHY. SHE IS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. I APOLOGIZE. >>THIS IS ALL OFFICIAL INFORMATION COMING IN. DAMAGE TO THE EAGLE RIVER BRIDGE. THAT’S PROBABLY THE REASON THAT IT’S SO BACKED UP ON THE GLEN HIGHWAY GETTING OUT THERE. AND THEN ON THE SEWARD HIGHWAY IF YOU’RE HEADING OUT OF TOWN ON THE SEWARD HIGHWAY, MULTIPLE LANDSLIDES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND SO THAT IS NOW BEING SHUT DOWN, A LOT OF TRAFFIC PILING UP FROM THAT. TRAFFIC IS THE LEAST OF OUR WORRIES RIGHT NOW. THE TRANS-ATLANTIC PIPELINE ALSO SHUT DOWN. A LOT GOING ON. IF YOU’RE AT HOME, WATER LEAKING, SHUT IT OFF. IF YOU SMELL ANYTHING FUNNY, WHAT CAN OFTEN HAPPEN IS WHEN YOU GET SOMETHING SHAKING LIKE YOUR HOUSE, ONE SIDE GOES UP, ONE SIDE GOES DOWN AND IT CAN SHEAR SOME OF THE PIPES SO ABSOLUTELY IF YOU SMELL SOMETHING FUNNY, GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE. >>ABSOLUTELY, YEAH. WANT TO GIVE YOU — WE HAVE GRAPHICS NOW. HELEN, OUR DIRECTOR, I THINK SHE IS ABLE TO PULL THIS UP. WE ARE STILL GETTING OUR STUDIO UP AND RUNNING. BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT. THERE IS OUR INITIAL 7.0 QUAKE. IT HIT AT 8:29 THIS MORNING, 25 MILES DEEP. THAT IS A RELATIVELY SHALLOW EARTHQUAKE. AND WE ARE SEEING ALL OF THOSE AFTERSHOCKS. ALL OF THE INDIVIDUAL LITTLE BUBBLES, YOU CAN SEE THE AFTERSHOCKS, ALL UP AND DOWN WHERE THAT INITIAL QUAKE HIT. AGAIN, JUST 5 MILES TO THE SOUTH HERE OF ANCHORAGE AND WE JUST HAD ANOTHER AFTERSHOCK. WE ARE NOW DOWNSTAIRS IN OUR STUDIO, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE AFTERSHOCKS LIKELY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND WE COULD CONTINUE TO SEE SOME THAT ARE MORE POWERFUL. >>SO FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, ONE OF OUR UPDATES SAYS SOME OF THE AFTERSHOCKS MAY BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE INITIAL EARTHQUAKE. SO THAT IS SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE HEAD INTO THE AFTERNOON. >>ALWAYS GOOD REMINDER TO TURN OFF THAT NATURAL GAS. IF YOU SMELL IT — >>TURN IT OFF. IF YOU DON’T SMELL IT, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. IT HAS A DISTINCT SMELL. BE AWARE THAT IT COULD HAPPEN. IT HAS A VERY DISTINCT SMELL. >>WE ARE ALSO HEARING THAT ASD HAS COMPLETELY CANCELLED THE SCHOOLS FOR THE DAY. THEY ARE CONTINUING TO USE THEIR BUSES TO GET THE STUDENTS TO SAFE LOCATIONS. WE HAVE HEARD THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF DAMAGE TO DIAMOND HIGH SCHOOL, UP NEAR BEAR VALLEY THEY HAVE HAD ISSUES. THEY ARE BUSSING THOSE STUDENTS TO SAFE LOCATIONS. THERE ARE STILL SEVERAL SCHOOLS THAT ARE OPEN WHERE THEY ARE KEEPING KIDS SAFE THERE. IF YOU STILL NEED TO PICK UP YOUR KIDS, YOU CAN TRY CALLING YOUR SCHOOL, YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH. STILL HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THE PHONES LINES BUT PROBABLY FIRST PLACE WOULD BE TO CHECK THE SCHOOL. NEXT THE LOCAL FIRE STATION OR THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL. AGAIN, A LOT OF THE EAST HIGH SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND SURROUNDING SCHOOLS ARE TAKING STUDENTS TO EAST HIGH SCHOOL. >>THERE YOU GO. MAGNITUDE SEVEN EARTHQUAKE AT 8:29 A.M. WAS 25 MILES DEEP. THAT WAS THE INITIAL ONE. AFTER THAT, WE HAD A 5.7, THEN AFTER THAT, WE HAD A 4.1 AND THEN RECENTLY WE FELT A COUPLE OF LITTLER AFTERSHOCKS, HAVEN’T GOTTEN THE EXACT NUMBER ON HOW LARGE THAT MAGNITUDE WAS BUT WE ARE STILL GETTING A COUPLE OF THOSE AFTERSHOCKS AND THAT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAID THERE COULD POTENTIALLY, COULD POTENTIALLY BE A LARGER AFTERSHOCK THIS AFTERNOON. LARGER THAN THAT INITIAL QUAKE. SO AS WE HEAD INTO THE REST OF THE DAY, THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO KEEP A VERY, VERY CLOSE EYE ON. >>ONE OF THE MAIN ISSUES WE ARE SEEING ARE THE ROADS. FIRST OF ALL, JUST PACKED, GRIDLOCKED WITH PEOPLE TRYING PROBABLY TO GET TO THEIR LOVED ONES OR TO GET HOME FROM WORK BUT ALSO EMERGENCY VEHICLES TRYING TO GET OUT TO FIRES THAT HAVE POPPED UP, OTHER SITUATIONS, DOWNED POWERLINES, WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, SHE IS GOING TO CALL IN HERE IN JUST A MOMENT AND GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THOSE ROADS. WE KNOW MANY OF THE OVERPASSES ARE CLOSED. SOME ARE PRECAUTIONARY JUST IN CASE THERE WAS ANOTHER LARGE AFTERSHOCK OR IF THAT ONE DID SUSTAIN DAMAGE FROM THE INITIAL AND ALSO WE HAVE SEEN SOME OVERPASSES THAT HAVE HAD WAS A SCARY SITUATION THERE, SOME STUFF FALLING FROM THE CEILING THERE AS WELL — WHERE THEY DID SUSTAIN SOME DAMAGE. SO WE ARE GETTING SOME FRESH BATTERIES HERE. >>YEAH, WE ARE HERE WITH BATTERIES JUST IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS, SO WE WILL KEEP THOSE AROUND, JUST IN CASE WE NEED THEM. THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE WE HAVE BATTERIES BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE WITH YOU. >>YEAH. IT WAS SCARY SITUATION, AGAIN, 8:29 A LOT OF FOLKS HAD TO WORK AT THAT TIME. THEY HAD TO DROP THEIR STUDENTS OFF AND AGAIN THAT’S WHEN THAT QUAKE HAPPENED, A 7.0, THAT IS THE LARGEST QUAKE WE HAVE SEEN SINCE 2016. I BELIEVE THAT ONE WAS A 7.1, JANUARY OF 2016, BUT THAT WAS FURTHER TO THE SOUTH. THAT WAS NOT RIGHT UNDERNEATH US AND IT WASN’T THIS SHALLOW AND THAT’S WHY WE DID NOT SEE MUCH DAMAGE WITH THAT QUAKE, WHERE THIS ONE WE ARE SEEING WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION, AGAIN, MAJOR ROAD ISSUES, WE HAVE HAD EVEN SOME OVERPASSES AND I HAVEN’T HEARD OF ANY OVERPASSES COLLAPSING BUT WE HAVE HAD AT LEAST THAT ONE ON-RAMP, INTERNATIONAL AND MUNNS COLLAPSING — AND MINNESOTA COLLAPSING, WE HAVE HAD FIRE STARTS, OBVIOUSLY GAS LEAKS, WATER LEAKS, ALL THE THINGS YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN WITH AN EARTHQUAKE. >>AND THE EAGLE RIVER OVERPASS DID SUSTAIN DAMAGE. WE WILL HAVE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ON. THERE WE GO. LET’S TRY. >>WE ARE GOING IT TRY AND CHECK IN WITH WITH SHANNAN McCARTHY, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER. CAN YOU HEAR US? >>I CAN HEAR YOU, YES. >>CAN YOU JUST GIVE US SORT OF A BRIEFING OF WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE ACROSS THE CITY? >>WE DO HAVE DAMAGE TO ALL OF OUR PRIORITY ONE ROADS SO WE HAVE DAMAGE ON GLEN REPORTED, WE HAVE DAMAGE ON THE SEWARD REPORTED AND ON MINNESOTA DRIVE. >>WE HAVE HAD REPORTS OF DAMAGE TO AN OVERPASS ON THE GLEN. CAN YOU VERIFY OR LET US KNOW IF THAT’S CORRECT. >>THAT IS CORRECT. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, IT’S THE SOUTHBOUND GLEN AT EAGLE RIVER, IT HAS DAMAGE TO IT. WE HAVE OUR CREWS ON SCENE, THEY ARE TAKING A LOOK AT IT. WE HAVE DAMAGE REPORTED TO THE PALMER EXIT AT — IN GLEN AND PARKS INTERCHANGE. THE PALMER EXIT IS CLOSED, TOO MUCH DAMAGE. WE HAVE A GAP IN BETWEEN THE ABUTMENT IN THE BRIDGE AND THEN WE HAVE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL CRACKING ACROSS THE ROAD. AND THEN, OF COURSE, YEAH, NEW SEWARD — I’M SORRY, THE NEW SEWARD HIGHWAY, I’VE HEARD REPORTS IN TOWN, NOTHING MAJOR COMPARED TO THE ROCK SIDE WE ARE GETTING SOUTH OF POTTERS MARSH? >>WE HAD A PARTIAL COLLAPSE AT THAT INTERCHANGE. I’M SURE YOU HAVE SEEN PICTURES. DRAMATIC AND THEN WE ALSO JUST A LITTLE FURTHER SOUTH OF THAT, WE ALSO HAVE A REPORT AROUND 100th AND DIAMOND AREA OF THE SUBGRADE SLOUGHING OFF. SO WE HAVE EVERYONE THAT’S AVAILABLE IS IN THE FIELD TAKING THOSE ASSESSMENTS, REPORTING BACK TO US AND WE ALSO HAVE FOLKS THAT ARE INSPECTING EVERY STATE FACILITY IN TERMS OF EVERY BUILDING AS WELL. >>SO ASSUMING YOUR RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE FOR PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE ROADS IF THEY ARE ABLE TO DO SO? >>WELL, RIGHT NOW — RIGHT. RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING THEIR KIDS AND TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY HOME. WE ARE GETTING REPORTS OF REALLY SLOW MOVING TRAFFIC. WE ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE THAT WHENEVER YOU SEE AN INTERSECTION THAT HAS EITHER BLINKING YELLOW OR COMPLETELY BLACK, TREAT IT AS A FOUR WAY STOP AND BE PATIENT WITH EVERYBODY. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. >>IS THERE ANY PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO COMPLETELY AVOID, HAZARDOUS SITUATION, I IMAGINE THE ROCK SLIDE AND EAGLE RIVER? >>THE ROCK LIED SO THE SEWARD HIGHWAY — SLIDE ON THE SEWARD HIGHWAY, DEFINITELY AVOID THAT AREA. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE SAFE, NOT BE IN THAT AREA AT ALL. SO WE ARE WORKING THAT ACTIVELY AND, OBVIOUSLY, WE WILL HAVE WORKAROUNDS FOR ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS. WE ARE PUTTING UP A WEBSITE THAT PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS AND WE ARE GOING TO BE UPDATING IT EVERY HOUR TODAY. >>GREAT. >>SHANNON, ONE MORE QUESTION FOR YOU. AS WE GET AFTERSHOCKS INTO THE AFTERNOON IF SOMEBODY IS IN THEIR VEHICLE, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND THEY DO IN THE WAKE OF ONE OF THESE AFTERSHOCKS? >>WELL, MANY TIMES WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING A VEHICLE YOU AREN’T AWARE IT’S AN EARTHQUAKE. ACTUALLY THIS MORNING WE HAD — I WAS MEETING SOMEONE OVER HERE AT ANCHORAGE MAINTENANCE STATION AND THEY — >>YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING LIVE COVERAGE FROM KTVA, THAT’S OUR AFFILIATE IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. THEY WERE KNOCKED OFF THE AIR THIS MORNING BY THAT 7.0 EARTHQUAKE AND THEY HAVE BEEN GUIDING US THROUGH THE DAMAGE FIRST IN THEIR NEWSROOM AND THEN THE DAMAGE IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS. A FEW REMARKABLE THINGS, AS THE PHONE LINES CAME BACK ON, CALLS STARTED POURING IN. ONE OF THE REPORTERS THERE, JOHN THOMPSON, PICKED UP A CALL FROM A WOMAN LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON HER OWN FAMILY. HE DIDN’T HAVE IT FOR HER. AS MORE INFORMATION COMES IN, SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, ROADS ARE CLOSED, THE AIRPORT IS CLOSED AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE MUCH MORE INFORMATION ON THE DAMAGE IN ALASKA AND WHAT TO DO NEXT COMING UP IN OUR NEXT HOUR. YOU’RE WATCHING CBSN. >>>HI, EVERYONE, I’M TONY DOKOUPIL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, WE ARE FOLLOWING THAT BREAKING NEWS OUT OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, A 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SHOOK BUILDINGS AND CAUSED PANIC JUST A FEW HOURS AGO. WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT NOW IS THE SCENE INSIDE A COURTHOUSE AND THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE INSIDE A LOCAL CAFE, LIGHTS SWINGING. THERE’S ALSO A TSUNAMI WARNING ALASKA. GOOD NEWS, THAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, MORE GOOD NEWS, WE HAVE NOT YET HEARD REPORTS OF INJURIES. HOWEVER, OFFICIALS ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE. THOSE EFFORTS ARE BEING HAMPERED AT THE MOMENT BY HIGHWAY DAMAGE LIKE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT HERE. THAT’S A ROAD COLLAPSED. AROUND ANCHORAGE ROADS WERE TWISTED, ROADS WERE BUCKLED BY THE QUAKE AND THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF GAS LEAKS AS WELL IN THE AREA. THE OFFICES OF OUR OWN AFFILIATE KTVA IS AMONG THE BUILDINGS DAMAGED. THEY WERE KNOCKED OFF THE AIR INITIALLY BUT THROUGH FACEBOOK LIVE HAVE BEEN PROVIDING US WITH UPDATES, EVEN THROUGH SEVERAL AFTERSHOCKS IN WHICH THEY THEMSELVES TOOK COVER. EARLIER I SPOKE WITH PAUL DUSKEM WHO IS IN ANCHORAGE, WAS IN ANCHORAGE AND HAS LIVED THERE FOR A WHILE AND WAS THERE AT THE TIME OF THE EARTHQUAKE. TAKE A LISTEN. >>A NUMBER OF ROADWAYS HAVE BUCKLED, TRAVEL VERY DIFFICULT IN THE AREA AND, OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE WAITING TO FIND OUT IF ALL FOLKS ARE SAFE RIGHT NOW, ALL THESE REPORTS STILL COMING IN. JOE VIAHILL FROM KTVA IN ANCHORAGE JOINS YOU NOW. GIVE US AN UPDATE. >>THAT WAS A HECK OF AN EARTHQUAKE. THIS THING HIT HARD, IT HIT FAST AND DID A LOT OF DAMAGE. SHOW YOU. THIS IS THE NEWSROOM. THERE’S THINGS STREWN ALL OVER THE PLACE, TRYING TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT TO THE PEOPLE. PHONES OFF THE HOOK. THE WATER PIPES BROKE SO EVERYTHING SOAKED IN HERE. YOU CAN SEE A FEW PEOPLE, THOUGH, TRYING TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT. THIS IS OUR ASSIGNMENT DESK BACK OVER HERE AND THIS IS ONE OF OUR REPORTER SPOTS WHERE WE DO LIVE SHOTS, TRASHED. YOU HAVE PEOPLE OVER HERE ON THE PHONES, AGAIN, TRYING TO GET INFORMATION OUT. WE HAVE REPORTERS, PRODUCERS AND EVERYBODY WORKING HERE. I WANT TO TALK TO JOHN THOMPSON. JOHN, I WANT TO INTERRUPT YOU JUST FOR A SECOND. YOU WERE HERE. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>WHEN THIS HAPPENED. YOU WERE ON THE AIR DOWNSTAIRS; IS THAT RIGHT? >>ACTUALLY, I WAS RIGHT HERE. SO IT WAS ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AFTER WE GOT OFF AIR GETTING READY FOR THE DAY. GOING TO TAKE A COUPLE STORIES FROM THE MORNING SHOW AND GET THEM READY FOR THE EVENING NEWSCAST AND THE NEWS PRODUCER JUST SAYS, HEY JOHN, HE WAS GOING TO ASK ME A QUESTION AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HEAR THE THUNDER, THIS THUNDEROUS BOOM. YOU’VE HEARD EARTHQUAKES, WHERE IT’S A SLOW BUILD, ALMOST LIKE A TRAIN COMING IN AND YOU FEEL IT AND THEN IT GOES AWAY. THIS WAS JUST A SMACK. IT WAS JUST — IT WAS SUDDEN, IT WAS LOUD, IT WAS HARD. AFTER ABOUT TWO SECONDS I ACTUALLY GOT DOWN RIGHT HERE, THIS IS MY DESK. SO I GOT RIGHT DOWN UNDER HERE AND AS YOU CAN SEE, SOME GOOD STRUCTURE RIGHT HERE BECAUSE AS THINGS WERE CRASHING DOWN AROUND ME, WE GOT GLASS DOORS RIGHT ACROSS THE WAY COMING DOWN, SMASHED GLASS EVERYWHERE, BUT AS WE ARE WATCHING THIS, WE WERE SAFE. WE WERE SAFE. >>THAT’S THE IMPORTANT THING. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD NO ONE HAS BEEN HURT IN THE NEWSROOM. THAT IS THE BEST NEWS THAT WE HAVE HEARD SO FAR. WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH LOST THE NEWSROOM FOR NOW BUT EVERYBODY OKAY. >>THIS IS WHAT THEY TEACH YOU DURING EARTHQUAKES, IS GET UNDER SOMETHING AS BEST YOU CAN AND HOLD ON WHILE THE EARTHQUAKE IS GOING ON. I WANT TO ASK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE STUDIO. TALK TO ME ABOUT SOME OF THE DAMAGE THAT YOU ALL HAVE SEEN ON SOME OF THE MAJOR ROADWAYS AND WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING. >>THAT’S RIGHT, JEFF. MINNESOTA, THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN THOROUGHFARES, NORTHBOUND WE ARE TOLD HAS BEEN HEAVILY DAMAGED. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE SEWARD HIGHWAY, THERE HAVE BEEN ROCKS THAT HAVE DROPPED ONTO THE HIGHWAY SO THAT’S PRETTY MUCH SHUT DOWN AT THIS POINT AND THAT’S THE MAIN THOROUGHFARE TO GET PEOPLE ONTO THE KEEN EYE PENINSULA, PEOPLE COMING AND GOING AREN’T GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. WE UNDERSTAND ONE OF THE HOSPITALS IS OPEN, TED STEPHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS OPEN AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION. WE UNDERSTAND A CHURCH DID START ON FIRE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE VIDEO OF THAT. BUT THAT’S WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW. WE WILL BE ALL DAY WORKING TO SEE WHAT ELSE HAPPENS. BUT AGAIN IN THIS NEWSROOM, TAKE A LOOK, IT HIT HARD AND FAST. EVERYBODY ESCAPED, NO INJURIES, JEFF. >>YEAH, IT’S SCARY TO SEE BUT GREAT TO HEAR THAT NO ONE IS HURT THERE INSIDE THE STUDIO. JOE, STAND BY. SO THIS HAPPENED AT 8:29 A.M. LOCAL TIME IN ALASKA. WE ARE BEING TOLD BY THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY THE EARTHQUAKE WAS CENTERED 7 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE. OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF FOLKS THERE SOUGHT SHELTER UNDER DESKS. AT 8:55 THE NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER ISSUED A TSUNAMI WARNING FOR COASTAL ZONES OF SOUTHERN ALASKA, SPECIFICALLY PARTS OF COOK INLET AND THE KANEI PENINSULA. THE TSUNAMI WARNING AS I UNDERSTAND HAS NOW BEEN WITHDRAWN. SOMEBODY PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG ON THAT. WE SHOULD SAY ALASKA DOES AVERAGE A LOT OF EARTHQUAKES ALL THE TIME, BUT THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST SINCE 2016. THAT ONE WAS OVER A SEVEN, BUT THAT WAS FARTHER OFFSHORE AND IT WAS DEEPER SO THE REASON WHY YOU’RE SEEING SO MUCH DAMAGE HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE THE EARTHQUAKE WAS SHALLOW AND IT WAS RIGHT NEAR ANCHORAGE. JAMIE YUCCAS, ONE OF OUR CARATS BASED IN LOS ANGELES — CORRESPONDENTS BASED IN LOS ANGELES HAS MORE DETAILS COMING IN ON THIS EARTHQUAKE NEAR ANCHORAGE. >>IT’S HAPPENED JUST 7 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, SO THAT’S WHY YOU’RE SEEING SO MUCH DAMAGE ACROSS THE CITY. AND TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA, 40,000 EARTHQUAKES PER YEAR HAPPEN IN THE STATE OF ALASKA. BUT AS WE HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM MULTIPLE PEOPLE THAT WERE CALLING ON THE PHONE AND TRYING TO REACH OUT TO THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, THIS IS THE WORST ONE PEOPLE HAVE SEEN IN THE CITY OF ANCHORAGE. IT IS ALASKA’S LARGEST CITY, OF COURSE, SO MANY OF THE PICTURES COMING IN ARE ABOUT THE ROADWAYS AND THAT’S WHAT THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT ONLINE AS WELL. HE’S ASKED FOR A DISASTER DECLARATION ALREADY BECAUSE OF THOSE ROADWAYS, THEY ARE CHECKING BRIDGES RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE THOSE ON AND OFF- RAMPS AS YOU GUYS WERE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF GETTING TOO AND FROM THE AIRPORT. WE ALSO KNOW THAT TED STEPHENS DID HAVE TO EVACUATE ITS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER SO THEY ARE TRYING TO DIVERT PLANES AWAY. THERE WAS A SCARY MOMENT THAT WAS CAUGHT ON AUDIO WHEN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ACTUALLY HAD TO TELL A FEDEX PLANE TO GO AROUND AS THE EARTHQUAKE ITSELF WAS OCCURRING. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE WAS MINOR DAMAGE TO THE AIRPORT BUT THE BIGGER DAMAGE IS TO THOSE ROADWAYS AROUND THE AIRPORT ITSELF. WE HAVE NO WORD RIGHT NOW AS TO THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE TO THE RUNWAYS AT THE AIRPORT BUT AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THESE PICTURES, JEFF, OF COURSE THERE’S MORE AND MORE DAMAGE COMING IN AND WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE. >>THANKS VERY MUCH. ONE OF THE BIG CONCERNS IN AND AROUND ANCHORAGE THIS AFTERNOON IS GOING TO BE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, ESPECIALLY TRYING TO GET TO PLACES BECAUSE THERE ARE AREAS THAT ARE NOW JUST CUT OFF BECAUSE ROADWAYS HAVE BUCKLED AND SOME ROADWAYS HAVE COLLAPSED. OBVIOUSLY WE ARE STILL GATHERING OUR REPORTIG ON ALL OF THIS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT ALL AFTERNOON LONG. SCARY SITUATION IN ANCHORAGE TODAY, GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT APPEARS THE TSUNAMI WARNING FOR THAT AREA HAS NOW BEEN LIFTED AND WE HAVE NOT HEARD SO FAR ABOUT MAJOR REPORTS OF INJURIES BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY WATCHING EVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING IN ALASKA AFTER THIS MAJOR EARTHQUAKE TODAY. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE ON ALL OF THIS ON YOUR LOCAL NEWS, INCLUDING ON KTVA IN ANCHORAGE THERE WHICH HAS BEEN DOING A WONDERFUL JOB DOCUMENTING WHAT’S HAPPENING AND STAYING ON THE AIR. ALSO ON OUR STREAMING NETWORK CBSN AND THE VERY LATEST TONIGHT ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS. FOR NOW I’M JEFF GLOR IN NEW YORK. GLOR IN NEW YORK.>>>FOR NEWS 24 HOURS A DAY, GO TO CBSNEWS.COM. >>>PEOPLE ACROSS ANCHORAGE FELT THE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE. EARLIER MY COLLEAGUE TONY DOKOUPIL SPOKE WITH ONE ANCHORAGE RESIDENT, PAUL DUSKEM WHO DESCRIBED WHAT IT WAS LIKE. >>I’VE LIVED IN ANCHORAGE FOR 18 YEARS SO I HAVE DEFINITELY EXPERIENCED EARTHQUAKES HERE BEFORE. I HAVE LIVED IN JAPAN FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, PLENTY OF EARTHQUAKES THERE. SO YOU KIND OF GET A PATTERN AND THERE WAS A VERY SHARP INITIAL SHAKING AND THEN SOME LARGE MOVEMENT AND WHEN THAT BEGAN YOU REALIZED, OH, THIS IS IN FACT THE BIG ONE, AND SO STUFF BEGINS TO TUMBLE OFF OF MANTELS AND BOOKSHELVES AND YOU BEGIN TO WONDER, OKAY, SO IS THIS GOING TO GET WORSE OR IS THIS GOING TO EVEN OUT. >>WOW, YEAH, WE ARE SEEING NOW IT’S A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE. IT HAD BEEN A 6.7 SO THEY BUMPED IT UP A COUPLE OF NOTCHES. YOU MENTIONED THE SHAKING, THINGS FALLING OFF OF SHELVES. WHAT DID YOU SEE? WHAT BROKE? >>SO FORTUNATELY NOTHING IN MY APARTMENT ACTUALLY BROKE. A LOT OF STUFF TUMBLED OFF, YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PICK IT UP SENSE THEN, HOWEVER, I HAVE SEEN SOME FOOTAGE ON TV OF LIKE LOCAL SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES, THEY HAVE STUFF ALL OVER THE PLACE, SO LOTS OF STUFF OFF OF SHELVES AND WHAT NOT. I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED TO GO — I WILL GO INTO MY OFFICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ANCHORAGE LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND SEE WHAT KIND OF A MESS IS THERE AND WHEN YOU SAY FIVE — THEY SAY THE EPICENTER WAS 5 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES THAT’S IN ANCHORAGE. >>I WANT TO INTERRUPT YOU ONE SECOND HERE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THIS BUT YOU MENTIONED THE PICTURES ON LOCAL MEDIA. WE HAVE GOT A PICTURE OF THE LOCAL TV STATION THERE AND THEY WERE KNOCKED HARD ENOUGH TO BE KNOCKED OFF THE AIR. THE NEWSROOM IS COMPLETELY DESERTED, TILES ARE DOWN FROM THE CEILING, DEKS ARE KNOCKED OVER — DESKS ARE KNOCKED OVER, COMPUTERS SMASHED, A LARGE CRACK IN THE FLOOR, WATER ON THE FLOOR. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO BE BACK IN THERE ANYTIME SOON. SO IT APPEARS THAT AS WITH THE EARTHQUAKES IN GENERAL, THIS ONE HAD VERY DIFFERENT IMPACTS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF ANCHORAGE. YOU COULD HAVE ONE PART OF THE ROAD LOOK COMPLETELY NORMAL AND THE NEXT COMPLETELY CRACKED IN HALF. GO AHEAD. >>WELL, CERTAINLY PART OF THAT IS JUST THE NATURE OF THE GEOLOGY OF ANCHORAGE BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS IS ON CLAY BASED SOILS WHICH CAN BREAK UP UNDER PRESSURE LIKE THAT. SO I WOULD SUSPECT THERE THAT WOULD TEND TO BE MORE DAMAGE DOWNTOWN THAN THERE IS DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE LIKE I AM. THE TSUNAMI COMING OUT OF COOK INLET WHICH RUNS UP THE COAST TO ANCHORAGE, THAT’S A VERY UNUSUAL THING FOR US. >>AN UNUSUAL THING AND CONCERNING THING? DO YOU THINK THAT COULD HAVE AN IMPACT IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA? >>IT’S UNLIKELY TO BE A REAL PROBLEM IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA. ALTHOUGH THE INDICATIONS ARE IN THE PLACES WHERE THE TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER, WHICH IS ACTUALLY BASED IN PALMER, ALASKA TO THE NORTH OF US, HAS BEEN SAYING IS THAT IT WOULD — RATHER THAN RUN UP THE INLET, WHICH IS LIKE A FUNNEL TOWARDS ANCHORAGE, IT SEEMS TO BE PUSHING DOWN. >>THAT’S GOOD NEWS. SO WHAT DOES THE DAY HOLD THEN FOR YOU IN THE AFTERMATH OF A 7.0 EARTHQUAKE? >>SO, WELL, AMONG OTHER THINGS, FIRST THING I WILL DO IS CHECK MY E-MAIL AND SEE WHAT MY WORK, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE HAS. FRIDAY FORTUNATELY WE DON’T DO CLASSES.: WE HAD A BIG MEETING I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. I WILL PROBABLY GET THERE AT SOME POINT AND ASSESS THE DAMAGE AND THEN IT’S GOING TO BE KIND OF PICKING UP AND SEEING WHERE WE ARE. >>YOU MENTIONED EARLIER THAT YOU WERE CONCERNED AS THE SHAKING GOT MORE SEVERE THAT THERE COULD BE THE BIG ONE. IS THE BIG ONE SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE IN ANCHORAGE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT? >>SO, I MEAN, WE HAD OUR BIG ONE. WE HAD THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL BACK IN 1964. THAT WAS A 9.0. >>WOW. >>AND SO THAT’S ALWAYS OUR FRAME OF REFERENCE. OF COURSE WE DID THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THAT, THAT WAS 1964, A FEW YEARS AGO, WHICH MEANS, YOU KNOW, WE ARE KIND OF COUNTING DOWN TO THE NEXT ONE. AND WHILE IT’S NOT, YOU KNOW, 7.0 IS NOT 9.0, BUT IT WAS PLENTY BIG ENOUGH AND MORE IMPORTANTLY TODAY’S ANCHORAGE IS A LOT DIFFERENT FROM ANCHORAGE IN 1964. THERE ARE FIVE TIMES MORE PEOPLE HERE, THERE’S A LOT MORE DEVELOPMENT AND SO I SUSPECT THE DAMAGE CERTAINLY IN TERMS OF WHATEVER THE COST ESTIMATES ARE TO FIX IT ARE POSSIBLY GOING TO BE AS HIGH, IF NOT HIGHER. >>AND WHAT KIND OF — I MEAN, POLITICALLY ARE THERE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EARTHQUAKE PROOFING ANCHORAGE? IS IT A PLACE WHEREAS IT GREW, THE BUILDING CODE REQUIRED PEOPLE TO TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE SAFETY? >>YES. SO IN TERMS OF CONSTRUCTION AND THAT SORT OF THING, WE HAVE SOME VERY ROBUST GUIDELINES, SO IN 18 YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY I HAVE SEEN A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP AND WHEN YOU SEE THAT METAL FRAME GO IN WITH THE BIG FISH PLATES AND OTHER THINGS TO MAKE IT EARTHQUAKE HARDENED, YOU ARE IMPRESSED BY THAT THING AND úGL >>YEAH. I’M LOOKING AT THESE PICTURES COMING IN NOW OF SIGNIFICANT DESTRUCTION. WE GOT PEOPLE HIDING UNDER TABLES. THE SUPERMARKET PICTURES, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT IN ALL OF ANCHORAGE SOMEBODY WASN’T HURT BY THIS BECAUSE PRETTY LARGE SHELVES CAME DOWN, CEILING TILES CAME DOWN, THE TELEVISION STATION THAT WAS KNOCKED OFF THE AIR ALSO HAS VERY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THAT NEWSROOM, ANYBODY SITTING THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PERIL FOR CERTAIN. ANY INDICATION ON YOUR SIDE, ARE YOU HEARING ANYTHING ABOUT — ARE YOU HEARING SIRENS? ARE YOU SEEING FLASHING LIGHTS OUTSIDE? IS THERE AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE? >>I DID HEAR SOME SIRENS INITIALLY BUT ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE ELECTRICAL POWER, WE DON’T SEEM TO HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH GAS, SO MY NEIGHBORHOOD IN SOUTH ANCHORAGE SEEMS TO HAVE WEATHERED THIS RELATIVELY WELL. BUT ONCE AGAIN, SO THINGS CLOSER TO DOWNTOWN SEEM TO HAVE SUFFERED WHICH WOULD BE CLOSER TO THE EPICENTER OF THE QUAKE, SEEM TO HAVE SUFFERED MORE SIGNIFICANTLY THAN MY AREA. IT IS THE LUCK OF THE DRAW ON THESE THINGS AND I SEEM TO HAVE GOT OFF ALL WELL. >>WE LEARNED THAT THE FAA HAS ORDERED A GROUND STOP FOR THE AIRPORT THERE PRESUMABLY TO CHECK FOR DAMAGE ON THE RUNWAY. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE LAYOUT OF ANCHORAGE, WHERE THE AIRPORT IS, WHERE THE DOWNTOWN IS, WHERE YOU ARE? >>RIGHT. SO COOK INLET COMES UP ABOUT 100 MILES OR SO AND THEN BREAKS INTO TWO ARMS AND SO ANCHORAGE IS WHAT THE ANCHORAGE BOWL IS IN A V FORMED BY WHEN COOK INLET COMES UP, TURNS AT A RIGHT ANGLE AND BREAKS, WE ARE IN THAT V. SO AT THE BASE OF THE V, WHICH FACES WEST IS THE ANCHORAGE AIRPORT AND THAT’S A VERY SUBSTANTIAL — THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE RUNWAYS THERE, ONE OF THE BUSIEST IN THE WORLD SO I’M NOT AT ALL SURPRISED THEY ARE GOING TO BE CHECKING THAT VERY, VERY CAREFULLY. THEN IF YOU GO ALONG THE KIND OF NORTH END OF THE V TO SHIP CREEK, THAT’S THE ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN SIDE OF ANCHORAGE AND THAT’S THE — WHEN YOU SEE FILM FROM THE ’64 EARTHQUAKE OF THE STREETS THAT COLLAPSED AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS, THAT WAS FOURTH AVENUE DOWNTOWN. SO IF THERE’S A PLACE THAT’S PRONE TO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, IT’S GOING TO BE ALONG THAT — THE SO-CALLED KNICK ARM OF COOK INLET, THE NORTH SIDE OF THE V. AS ANCHORAGE HAS GROWN WE HAVE MOVED FARTHER SOUTH AND FARTHER EAST SO I AM IN SOUTH ANCHORAGE, THIS IS AN AREA THAT WAS DEVELOPED IN THE 1980s, SO THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT ANCHORAGE NOW THAN IT WAS IN 1964. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE. AND AS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING, WE HAVE HAD AT LEAST THREE AFTERSHOCKS. >>WOW. PAUL DUNNS COM — DUNSCOMB WE HOPE YOU ARE OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>FOR MORE ON THE EARTHQUAKE, I WANT TO BRING IN MITCH YAO CAULKU. HE JOINS US BY PHONE RIGHT NOW. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS, WHEN YOU THINK OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS ABOUT ALASKA, WE KNOW ALASKA SITSON TWO VERY LARGE TITANIC PLATES, HOW DOES THAT AFFECT AN EARTHQUAKE. >>WE HAD THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUBDUCTION FAULT, WHEN ONE FAULT LINE DIVES UNDERNEATH ANOTHER FAULT LINE CREATING THE TSUNAMI AND FORTUNATELY THE TSUNAMI WARNING WAS CANCELLED BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE EPICENTER WAS ONLY 8 MILES, 8 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE, THAT’S WHY THE DAMAGE WAS SO SEVERE. NOW, REMEMBER THAT A 7.0 BY ITSELF IS NOT SO SEVERE. IT HAPPENS ABOUT ONCE A MONTH. ONCE A MONTH SOMEWHERE ON THE PLANET EARTH THERE WAS A 7.0 OR GREATER EARTHQUAKE BUT THIS TOOK PLACE 8 MILES NORTH OF ANCHORAGE SO IN SOME SENSE WE DODGED THE BULLET, THIS WAS NOT THE BIG ONE, AS IT WAS MENTIONED, THE 1964 EARTHQUAKE WAS A 9.2. THIS WAS ONLY A 7.0 BUT THE FACT IT WAS SO CLOSE TO ANCHORAGE IS THE REASON WHY THERE WAS SO MUCH DAMAGE. AND FORTUNATELY THE ALASKAN PIPELINE APPARENTLY WAS NOT DAMAGED. IT’S BEEN SHUT DOWN TEMPORARILY BUT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A CATASTROPHE IF THE FAULT LINES WERE SHUT DOWN AND THE AIRPORTS AND OTHER THINGS WERE SHUT DOWN. THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED OTHER THAN TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN. >>YOU MENTIONED THE 1964 EARTHQUAKE, ONE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING REALLY FOR ALASKA. ARE THERE ANY LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THAT. >>THE HUMAN LIFESPAN IS VERY SHORT AND THEREFORE GENERATION TO GENERATION WE FORGET THE TACT THE PREVIOUS GENERATION HAD TO SUFFER FROM THE HUGE GIGANTIC EARTHQUAKES OFF THE COAST OF CHILE, JAPAN, ALASKA, WE HAD SOME OF THE BIGGEST EARTHQUAKES EVER RECORDED IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND YET OUR GENERATIONAL MEMORIES ARE SO SHORT THAT WE FORGET ABOUT THEM AND WE DON’T REINFORCE OUR BUILDINGS, WE DON’T LIVE UP TO THE BUILDING CODES THAT SCIENTISTS SAY WE NEED AND EVERY TWO YEARS A SCANDAL LIKE ONE ERUPTING IN SAN FRANCISCO WHEN WE REALIZE THAT SOME INJURESIAN BUILDINGS ARE — SOME BUILDINGS ARE SUB SUSTAINED AND NOT UP TO SPEED BUT THESE EARTHQUAKES ARE INEVITABLE. THEY ARE GOING TO HAPPEN. IT’S A LAW OF PHYSICS BUT OUR PSYCHOLOGY IS SUCH THAT WE FORGET ABOUT THAT. >>IF THESE EARTHQUAKES ARE INEVITABLE, ARE THERE ANYTHING THAT WE AS HUMAN BEINGS CAN DO OR BE BETTER PREPARED — ┗>TALK DEAL WITH FALLING DEBRIS AND STUFF LIKE THAT, TELL YOUR FAMILY, AND THEN IF YOU’RE IN A DANGEROUS EARTHQUAKE ZONE, STOCK UP MATERIALS IN CASE THE BIG ONE DOES HIT. IN GENERAL YOU HAVE TO THEN RANSLATE THIS POLITICAL YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CITY COUNCIL AND YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS AND SO ON AND SO FORTH ARE AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. MANY TIMES BUILDINGS FALL DOWN NOT BECAUSE OF THE EARTHQUAKE SO MUCH, BUT BECAUSE BUILDING CODES ARE NOT ADHERED TO. WE HAVE SEEN THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHERE BUILDERS NEGLECT SAFETY STANDARDS THINKING THAT EARTHQUAKES ARE SO FAR IN THE DISTANCE AND THEY MAKE SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS. IN SAN FRANCISCO WE HAD — WE HAVE A BUILDING TODAY NEAR MARKET STREET WHICH IS TILT, TILTING BECAUSE IT WAS NOT STUCK INTO THE BEDROCK OF THE PLANET EARTH. AND SAN FRANCISCO, OF COURSE, IS NEXT TO A SLIDING FAULT, THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT THAT COULD DEVASTATE THE CITY AND, OF COURSE, IN 1906 THE CITY WAS FLATTENED BY A 7.9 EARTHQUAKE. >>IF YOU’RE JOINING US NOW, WE ARE CONTINUING OUR COVERAGE OF THE 7.0 EARTHQUAKE IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. YOU’RE LOOKING AT VIDEO RIGHT HERE FROM — IT LOOKS LIKE A COFFEE SHOP, VIDEO EARLIER WAS INSIDE OF A COURTHOUSE JUST TO SEE HOW VARIOUS AREAS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED. PEACHIO — MICHIO KAKU JOINS US. I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT ALASKA IS ONE OF THE MOST SEISMICALLY ACTIVE AREAS IN THE WORLD. WHY IS THAT? >>WE HAVE THE PACIFIC RING OF FIRE STARTING FROM CHILE WHICH ALSO SUSTAINED A 9.0 EARTHQUAKE YEARS AGO, GOING UP THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA, UP THROUGH ALASKA, INTO JAPAN AND INTO INDONESIA. SO WE REALIZED WE HAVE THIS GIGANTIC RING OF FIRE AND THAT’S WHERE MOST OF THE EARTHQUAKES ARE CONCENTRATED AND WE FORGET THE FACT THAT, YES, THE UNITED STATES, WE FACE NOT JUST THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT BUT THE CONCORDIA FAULT, THAT IS OFF THE COAST OF SEATTLE AND IT IS A POTENTIAL SUBDUCTION FAULT WHICH WILL CREATE A TSUNAMI WHICH WOULD THEN WIPE OUT HUGE PARTS OF SEATTLE AND PORTLAND AND WE ARE JUST BARELY WAKING UP TO THE DANGERS POSED BY THE SAN ANDREAS AND THE CONCORDIA FAULT SO THAT’S WHY I THINK SAFETY STARTS AT HOME, TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR FAMILY, BUT THEN TRANSLATE THAT POLITICALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ADD HERE TO THE BUILDING CODES AND STRENGTHEN THEM. >>WE KNOW THAT SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI HAD BEEN PUSHING FOR LEGISLATION TO HELP LOOSEN UP SOME FUNDS THAT WOULD HELP ALASKA WITH PREVENTION, CLEARLY THEY ARE GOING TO NEED EVEN MORE HELP GETTING THOSE ROADS REBUILT AND REPAVED AND INFRASTRUCTURE JUST RESTORED. MICHIO, THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA, BILL WALKER SAYS HE’S GOING TO BE MONITORING REPORTS OF AFTERSHOCKS AND DAMAGE, MADE A DISASTER DECLARATION. WHAT WOULD YOU BE WATCHING FOR IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF ALASKA AT THIS POINT? >>WELL, DEFINITELY AFTERSHOCKS, THERE WAS THREE AFTERSHOCKS, ONE OF THEM WAS A 5.7 WHICH IN AND OF ITSELF IS A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE. AND SO I THINK IN THE AFTERMATH, THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO PICK UP THE PIECES, ASSESS THE DAMAGE, AND FORTUNATELY EVEN THOUGH THE PIPELINE AND THE AIRPORTS WERE CLOSED, THEY DID NOT SUFFER PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY RIGHT NOW. AND CASUALTIES HAVE BEEN LOW. GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT WAS ONLY 8-MILE — THE EPICENTER WAS 8 MILES FROM ANCHORAGE, SO IN THAT SENSE WE DODGED A BULLET. BUT NOW THE CLEANUP OPERATION COMES, WE GOT TO LOOK UNDERNEATH THE DEBRIS TO FIND OUT EXACTLY THE FULL EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE. SO THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING, THE BEGINNING OF OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE DAMAGE OF THIS EARTHQUAKE. >>MICHIO WE HAVE MADE SO MANY ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND WITH TECHNOLOGY. WHY ARE WE STILL SO UNAVAILABLE, UNPREPARED TO REALLY DIAGNOSE WHEN THESE EARTHQUAKES COULD HAPPEN? >>WELL, PREDICTING EARTHQUAKES IS LIKE VOODOO AND MAGIC. WE HAVE NO RELIABLE WAYS OF PREDICTING THESE THINGS. DON’T BELIEVE IT IF ANY PSYCHIC SAYS THEY KNOW WHEN THE BIG ONE WILL TAKE PLACE. WE KNOW IT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE. AND WE ARE VERY GOOD AT UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S BENEATH OUR OWN FEET. LOOK AT ECHOES, ECHOES OF EARTHQUAKES THAT THEN RICOCHET THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE EARTH GIVING US A ROUGH DIAGRAM OF WHAT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH LOOKS LIKE. THESE ARE SEISMOGRAMS, WE PUT ONE ON MARS JUST A FEW DAYS AGO TO LOOK FOR MARS QUAKES. SO WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S INSIDE A PLANET. AND RIGHT NOW WE DO NOT HAVE RELIABLE MAPS. THE MAPS WE ARE ARE RATHER CRUDE, AGAIN, WE GET THEM BY LOOKING AT ECHOES AS SEISMIC WAVES REVERBERATE INSIDE A PLANET LIKE A BELL BUT RIGHT NOW WE SIMPLY CANNOT USE THIS FOR EARTHQUAKE PREDICTION. >>WE ARE JUST HEARING FROM THE PRESIDENT AS WELL WHO TWEETED OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA, YOU HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY A BIG ONE. PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE HIGHLY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE THERE TO HELP YOU. YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPARE NO EXPENSE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. PRESIDENT MENTIONS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHAT CAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO AT THIS POINT, MICHIO? >>NOT ONLY BRING IN EXPERTS AND PEOPLE THAT ARE GOOD IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT, BUT THEY CAN ALSO AT SOME POINT OPEN UP THEIR CHECKBOOKS. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE HAVE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BEGIN WITH IN CASE OF A DISASTER WHEN LOCAL AREA CAN RELY UPON FEDERAL FUNDS AND SO I THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD, A, START TO ASSESS EXACTLY HOW MUCH DAMAGE THERE HAS BEEN AND, B, BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT OPENING THE WEST COAST OF ALASKA. >>MICHIO KAKU THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WHAT DID YOU EXPERIENCE? >>IT WAS PRETTY SCARY. WE WERE SITTING HERE WATCHING THE NEWS AND THEN THE HOUSE JUST STARTED SHAKING AND RUMBLING. EVERYTHING STARTED FALLING ON THE WALLS AND THEN I YELLED FOR MY MOM AND KIDS TO GET IN THE DOORWAYS AND AFTER THE BIG ONE HAPPENED, THEN THE AFTERSHOCK AFTERWARDS JUST CONTINUED AFTER THAT. WE JUST HAD ONE LIKE 10, 15 MINUTES AGO. >>I UNDERSTAND YOU PICKED UP YOUR CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL. WAS THE SCHOOL DAMAGED? WHAT WAS THE SCENE LIKE AT THE SCHOOL? >>WELL, ONE OF MY KIDS I DROPPED OFF AND WHEN I WENT BACK TO PICK HIM UP, THEY WERE ALL OUTSIDE AT THE PARK AND SO GETTING HIM OUT OF THE SCHOOL WAS PRETTY EASY. I DIDN’T GO INSIDE. WHEN I PICKED UP MY OTHER DAUGHTER, THERE WERE A BUNCH OF KIDS IN THE GYM, A BUNCH OF THEM WERE CRYING, A BUNCH OF THEM WERE SCARED. WE HAD — OH, ANOTHER AFTERSHOCK. GET IN THE DOORWAY. >>RUTH ANN, ARE YOU OKAY? YOU JUST SAID YOU’RE EXPERIENCING AN AFTERSHOCK? >>YEAH, WE HAD ANOTHER LIFT AFTERSHOCK. WE ARE IN THE DOORWAYS NOW. >>WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE AN AFTERSHOCK? ┗>WE GO IN THE D TABLES. SINCE WE HAVE BEEN HAVING SO MANY AFTERSHOCKS, WE TOOK EVERYTHING OFF THE WALLS, ANYTHING BREAKABLE. WE STAY AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS, GRAB OUR DOGS AND WE HAVE OUR FURBABIES WITH US WHEN WE ARE IN THE DOORWAYS. MY YOUNGEST SON IS REFUSING TO GET OUT OF THE DOORWAYS RIGHT NOW EVEN WHEN THERE ISN’T AN AFTERSHOCK. >>HOW MANY AFTERSHOCKS HAVE YOU FELT SINCE THIS MORNING? >>I WOULD SAY EIGHT TO 10. >>WOW. >>AND ARE THEY VERY — CAN YOU FEEL THEM LIKE THE INTENSITY OF IT OR DO YOU FEEL — >>YEAH, YOU CAN FEEL THEM. >>AND DO YOU FEEL THE INTENSITY IS WANING? >>YEAH, EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT BUT THIS ONE WAS PRETTY GOOD. IT JUST SHAKES THE HOUSE REAL QUICK SO WE RUN TO THE DOORWAYS. >>SO THE AFTERSHOCKS THAT ARE COMING ARE HIT AND MISS AS FAR AS INTENSITY, YOU DON’T KNOW — >>WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER ONE RIGHT NOW. >>TELL ME MORE WHAT YOU’RE EXPERIENCING INSIDE THE HOME. >>THE HOUSE WILL START SHAKING AND STARTS RATTLING AND OUR DOGS GET SCARED. YOU CAN SEE LIKE OUR CEILING FAN STARTS MOVING. >>WE ARE LOOKING AT IMAGES RIGHT NOW OF INSIDE YOUR HOME, RUTHANNE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE OKAY, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE OKAY AS YOU’RE SPEAKING TO US, LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED TO GO, RUTHANNE. BUT WE ARE SEEING JUST FOOD ITEMS ALL OVER THE FLOOR, THROUGHOUT YOUR KITCHEN? >>YEAH, CORRECT. IT OPENED ALL OUR DRAWERS, THERE WERE GLASSES THAT FELL AND SHATTERED INSIDE THE DRAWERS ON THE FLOOR. WE HAD PICTURE FRAMES FALL. WE HAD — YEAH, WE WERE DOING A CLEANUP AND THEN WE STARTED GETTING AFTERSHOCKS AND STARTED HANGING PICTURES UP UNTIL WE GOT THE AFTERSHOCKS SO WE ARE LEAVING THEM OFF FOR THE DAY. >>GOOD THINKING ON THAT ONE. HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ANYTHING IN CAS OF THIS INTENSITY WHEN — IN ALASKA OF THIS INTENSITY WHEN IT COMES TO AN EARTHQUAKE? >>I WAS BORN HERE IN ALASKA. I’M ALASKAN NATIVE AND WE WERE HERE WITH THAT 7.2 EARTHQUAKE THAT HAPPENED A FEW YEARS AGO AND THIS ONE, SINCE IT’S CLOSER TO ANCHORAGE, IT HAD A LOT MORE INTENSITY FOR US. THAT ONE ACTUALLY WOKE ME UP OUT OF BED. THIS ONE, IT WAS REALLY SCARY WHEN IT HAPPENED. >>SO YOU WENT — YOU GOT YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL, WHAT WERE THE ROADS LIKE ON YOUR WAY BACK? >>ON MY WAY TO GET MY DAUGHTER, WHO WAS — I WOULD SAY ABOUT 10, 15 MINUTES AWAY, IT TOOK ME ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO GET TO HER. THE STREET LIGHTS, SOME AREAS HAD LOST POWER, EVERYBODY WAS DOING THE COMMON COURTESY WHEN THERE WAS NO STOP LIGHTS GOING ON I GRABBED HER AND WHEN I CAME HOME TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP. >>WE SEE THE TRAFFIC RIGHT NOW, YEP. >>YEAH, AND I SHOWED ANOTHER VIDEO OF THAT WHERE EVERYBODY WAS GOING TO GO GET THEIR KIDS AND SO WE HAVE BEEN DOING CLEANUP. >>WE KNOW YOUR GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR BILL WALKER HAS ISSUED A DISASTER DECLARATION. THEY ARE MONITORING THE AFTERSHOCKS AND THE DAMAGE. WHAT OTHER ADVICE HAVE OFFICIALS THERE GIVEN YOU? >>WELL, CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW WE ARE WATCHING THE NEWS AND WE ARE JUST — I SAW THAT THE GAS STATIONS WERE PRETTY PACKED, EVERYBODY IS FILLING UP THEIR VEHICLES, IT SEEMS LIKE. WE HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. I’M AN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH SPECIALIST SO I HAVE WATER STASHED FOR US IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, WE HAVE PLENTY OF FLASHLIGHTS, WE HAVE TOOLS TO SHUT OFF THE GAS IF NEED BE. >>ALASKA IS IN A REALLY SEISMICALLY ACTIVE AREA. DO YOU FEEL YOUR STATE IS PREPARED TO DEAL WITH A DISASTER LIKE THIS? >>YEAH, LIVING IN ALASKA IS KIND OF SOMETHING THAT YOU GET SED TO. WE HAVE THEM FREQUENTLY, NOT VERY BIG ONES BUT THEY ARE FREQUENT. THIS ONE WAS PRETTY BIG SO IT WAS REALLY SCARY FOR US. >>I’M GLAD TO HEAR YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE OKAY. WE HOPE YOU GUYS CONTINUE TO STAY SAFE OUT THERE AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING WITH US YOUR EXPERIENCE TODAY WITH THIS EARTHQUAKE. >>YEAH, YOU’RE WELCOME. >>THANK YOU. >>>WE ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THIS 7.0 EARTHQUAKE IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND HAVE THE VERY LATEST AFTER THIS BREAK. STICK WITH US.

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100 thoughts on “Alaska earthquake today: Live coverage of aftermath of 7.0 magnitude quake near Anchorage

  1. It's impossible to tell what's next. those represent a huge release of stress & energy at the plates, so large ones there could be done for a while. however these could just be precursors to another huge one in the 9 range. The USGS site has plenty of info on it.

  2. Try every one caution get way from windows
    and things fall , must arrange all necessary pack always ready , food, water,
    blanket, emergency need

  3. Im hoping we wont have any big ones like that, or even bigger ones, i feel like i have ptsd from this one, its so horrible, living upstairs and being flung around, my windows almost breaking, and just not knowing what to do, its very very scary, and then getting alerts coming across my phone that says tsunami alert seek higher shelter now!! How in the heck do you even deal with that> the roads that youd have to take just to ;seek higher ground" was completely torn up in the worst of ways by this earthquake. I think that us in anchorage and alaska in general need to prepare more…if we know something like this is going to happen and it could be potentially worse, we need to have a plan.

  4. A lot of that state is geologically active and has big quakes. The only thing out of the usual is that it happened near the more populated areas with infrastructure affected by it. (If this happened out in the Aleutians or the more central region of mountains, we'd never have heard about it.)

  5. Wasilla Alaska here and that earthquake shook the crap out of us and the roaring sound sounded horrible evil demonic sound something I never hear before and I been in to San Francisco earthquakes never heard roaring like that before. 7.0

  6. Someone turned the sprinkler system off or there would have been a lot worse off but hopefully they don't have a fire now.

  7. BACK-OFF THE UNIVERSE-CLASS CITIZENS, OR STAY IN A DEAD ZONE SIMILAR OR WORSE THAN HERE, BECAUSE WE ARE BRINGING OUR MAMA AND OUR FAMILY OUT OF THIS HOLE!

  8. My story- I was in gym class we just did our warm ups. Everything was fine until it shook a little bit. We get earthquakes all the time so it really was not that scary when it began. Until it started to shake harder. We ran to the wall to duck are cover cus we had no tables in the gym. As I was covering my neck I heard glass breaking and weights falling. The alarms went off.A few seconds later we had to run to the main gym. We sat their for a few seconds then a teacher ran in and was yelling “GET OUT, GET OUT!” So we ran outside. It was so cold. And no one could think. We stood in a line waiting for the police or something, anything. Not even 5 minuets later there was an after shock. It felt like a 5.0 magnitude. It scared all of us. I was crying. I swear I heard screaming or something. We stood out there in the cold, it felt like forever. and it was dark and only the lights of the light poles lit the fresh snow. I didn’t have my phone( I still don’t I’m typing this on my computer) I wanted to call my family. a flood of parents were there in less then 15 minutes. A once I saw my friends I hugged them for so long. They told me their stories and told me what they heard. They told me that there were multiple tsunami warnings, and many roads had collapsed. So the glen highway was slow and it was. My family could not get to me. Lucky I was able to get a ride. I stayed at a friends house for a while a ton or after shocks happened we were so paranoid because a another after shock could happen and it could be big. Oh a btw we were only seven miles away from Maddison point. I soon went home and as we were driving down the highway I saw the hole in the highway it was huge. When I got home my mother gave me the biggest hug. And now I’m here typing this.

    Let this be clear: I left a lot of things out of this story like how I helped hand out blankets and that there was so much flooding.
    I hope anyone else that was in this earthquake is ok. 8m sending my prayers.

  9. Thanks God we are all good, some minor damages of the roads, but we are all alive. God was merciful and good to us.

  10. Documentary of God's miracles abound. One of the thousands documentaries is as follows:- https://youtu.be/xe4Ozm0oENk

  11. 7.0 earthquake and not one building down. If a 7.0 hit most anywhere else in the world (not USA) there would be hundreds dead.

  12. Praying for the people of Alaska. Love from The Netherlands. Any reports of casualties? Are all services operational?

  13. Complete and utter Destruction of the Demonic States of Fraud and Corruption has just begun oh yes it has just begun. pain – misery & suffering is the new normal oh yes it is the new normal. Buckle up – Hang on & Enjoy the rides
    Those who rule this planet have a plan and the USA is not looking very good in those there plans oh no it isn't. What they don't destroy powers bigger then them will. there's a price for living in nothing but utter sin your whole existence on this planet.
    I have a mental illness and this is what the voices told me oh yes it is that is what they said

  14. Oh No Fear. Big Pharma will have those Camera's replaced in the blink of an eye I mean they need those so you can all ask your doctors if those there pills are just right for you and not only will that pill be just perfect he'll have 5 others too because they care so much oh yes they do they care.. they really care

  15. I hope I live long enough to see the one that brings Seattle & San Francisco & 100% all of Los Angeles to nothing but Dust n Ashes oh yes I do It's what I pray for

  16. in order to straighten out us GOD has to make america shake again, drain the sewer purge us GOD, a wise man loves instruction fools hate it,

  17. the damage are less important than in other countries in Asia , South America and middle east where entire houses collapse

  18. Walking around in water; all the tv , pc; an other things got electricity running through them.. An they do not think they can get a Electric Shock? Even battery back up produces Electric current.

  19. Shameful shameful reporting the vast majority of report has been about a damn newsroom and a reporters apartment!!!! Seriously pathetic, narcotics, loser reporting!!!!

  20. I'm glad the outcome was not worse.

    Trump blamed the Californians for the bush fires, how long before he blames Alaskans for the 'quake?

  21. The ENTIRE world seems to be falling apart … this is scary and makes me wonder how long until every country, County, city is somehow affected by some sort of natural disaster… 😩😞

  22. My Brother Steve was in Deadhorse but was far enough away to not feel anything, he is in Anchorage now with his kids and grand kids helping them. My niece-in law sent some photos of damage roads nearby. Relieved that the tsunami will not arrive.

  23. HOLY HOLY HOLY Jésus est vivant Alléluia Matthieu 24…………!? tout dans la BIBLE Sophonie 1v2a3_ Osée 4v9 _ LUC21v11a28_ Marc 13v1a13_ Yéschou'a ( Jésus ) il revint Apocalypse 1v7. i love you Jésus i love you israel i love you Jérusalem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!sabbat shalom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. When the air you breathe and oil is gone and the land caves in and the ocean waters cover all the cities and military bases above ground and deep underground cities / military bases (doesn't include you) this planet can start all over again (without humans). Your concern is having a bad day, not the bigger picture of what is really happening. My heart goes out to all you people , primitive minded or not.

  25. It is times like this when I thank God for outlets like YouTube and Facebook. We've been able to contact relatives in AK to find out if they're alright. In 1964, my family spent days wondering who was alive. Fortunately, everyone was fine.

  26. Looks like direct energy weapons. Some of looks like energy impact. Also I saw footage where it looked like Anchorage was being bombed.

  27. Jehovah God promises that there will be no more pain or suffering please read this in your bible at Revelation 21:4 for more information visit our website at @t and type in the search box ( Gods promises)

  28. As of Sunday there have been almost 400 aftershocks. The quakes were centered on the north shore of the Kinik Arm of Cook Inlet, under a glacial moraine that would have amplified the damage. However, that area is not built up. Anchorage is across the water from that area. The majority of the aftershocks are spread to the northwest, north and northeast of the 7.0 epicenter, mostly east of Kinik Arm. There was not a tsunami, probably because there was no steep slope under the water where a ground failure could produce a large movement of the seabed. In the 1964 quake, Valdez was destroyed because there were several underwater landslides that caused huge waves in the inlet where the town was located. They actually moved the entire town several miles west to a place on the north shore where there was little wave damage.

  29. Yeah, we Alaskans are well aware it's not the safest place to live. We joke about it, but it is a beautiful place. People from Colorado go up there and get embarrassed because they thought they lived in the most beautiful state and it is, but Alaska is in a league by itself. It's all about perspective. I'll take a quake over a tornado or mass flood any day of the week.

  30. I give earthquake warning on my facebook page. I posted a warning for 6 and 6+ earthquakes on the 30th.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=427410597788010&set=pcb.427410657788004&type=3&theater

  31. We are living difficult times.
    Please we need to start praying to God.
    We will be safe if we ask God to take care of us.He will be there for us.
    Be strong! Regards from Santiago, CHILE.

  32. EVERYTHING IS POINTING TO THE SOON RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. IS HE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOUR OR A STRANGER DO U WALK WITH HIM. OR LOVE HIM. DO YOU OBEY HIM HE COM ing back to Judge the world its best to fear God.. Jesus said before His return major earth earthquakes. Pestilences cancer intestinal viruses new ones coming out ever year. The morality of our world offends GOD..SATAN IS A DECIEVER AND A DESTROYER. HE IS A EVIL CRUEL BEING. HERE TO DECEIVE.

  33. No, the 1964 quake was a 9.2. I was there. It really pisses me off when people get that wrong.

    And the people know so very little today. I rode out the 1964 quake in a 32 foot trailer. It shook for more than 5 minutes.

    And it was a heck of a lot bigger than this 7.0 quake.

    The places that had the most damage in this quake were in Eagle River and Wasilla/Big Lake Area, where the building codes are not nearly as earthquake-proof as Anchorage itself.

  34. Oh my god,my worst fears are earthquakes,it now explains why I have cracks in my house but Alaska,we want you to stay super strong!

  35. I've been through some shakers, but this was the worst one. A person starts getting scared the more it goes on, and on, like it will never quit, then you pray and ask God to give you another day of life. We are still getting after shocks weeks later. I still sleep in the living room because being on a third floor apartment makes me especially afraid, I have shoes, clothes, coat ready to run out.

  36. I was in gym class when it happened, sometimes I still get nervous during gym just because it was so scary and I was worried for my brothers

  37. ทุกคนปลอดภัย ไม่มีไครเสียชีวิต I love Alaska.

  38. More than 55,000 earthquakes were recorded that year. I was at school and some tiles were broken, it was also my first earthquake! We stayed strong and made it through, thanks for all of the support! ~Current resident in Ak

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