Alaska earthquake 2016 latest update: magnitude 6.8 earthquake shocks people in AnchorageÂ
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A massive 6.8 earthquake jolted this part of Alaska badly. Though earthquakes are not something unknown to this part of the earth, this was a very powerful earthquake that shook buildings badly and forced people to come out of their houses.
It was a powerful earthquake. But thankfully till now there are no reports of either death or injuries.
Reports suggest that the whole area was jolted around midnight last night. At around 1:30 a.m. Alaska time the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that was centered around 53 miles west of Anchor Point and 160 miles southwest of Anchorage hit the area.
In the meantime the U.S. Geological Survey had earlier put the magnitude of the earthquake a tad higher at 7.1.
Reports coming from the region suggest that it was felt even in far off places and that it was very powerful as the centre of the earthquake was very close to populated areas. Anchorage residents are still feeling terrified. To make the problem even worse, there were reports of several power outages from the Matanuska Electric Association and Chugach Electric in the Anchorage area. The Homer Electric Association reported on its website that about 4,800 customers were without power early Sunday in the Kenai Peninsula. The Anchorage and Valdez police departments say they have not received any reports of injury or significant damage.
Despite the Alaska earthquake being very powerful, reports suggest that damage was very limited. The Alaska Department of Transportation reported that there was road damage near the community of Kasilof, on the Kenai Peninsula. Fire departments received many phone calls about the earthquake, and the Kenai Fire Department responded to reports of a gas leak and explosion at a home. Some communities experienced power outages and gas lines were cut by the shaking ground. On Twitter, KTTU reported that â€œ20-plus Kenai homes [were] evacuated due to [the] gas leak followingâ€ the magnitude 6.8 earthquake.