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Alaska jolted after a powerful earthquake

The south of Alaska is Friday rocked by a powerful earthquake with a magnitude between 6.7 and 7.

The epicenter of the quake was about 12 miles north of the city of Anchorage, in a depth of 43 kilometres, as reported to the American geological institute USGS. The authorities announced as a precaution, a tsunami alarm for some parts of the south coast, but that is now lifted.

Achorage is a little less than 300,000 inhabitants the largest city of Alaska. According to media reports, buildings were in the city by the earthquake vigorously shaken. Windows flew to pieces, and here and there fell the power off.

The police speak of a ‘significant infrastructuurschade’. Road sections are collapsed, and many roads and bridges are closed. Reports about fatalities are not there.

The University of Alaska in Anchorage closed its campus and ‘non-essential’ staff got the message to go home. The air traffic from the airport of Anchorage was suspended.

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