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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Severe Earthquake rocks Alaska

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Friday morning at about 8:28, an earthquake now being measured at 7.0 hit the Kenai Peninsula and the Cook Inlet.

Following at least one aftershock, an emergency alert came out for an extreme tsunami warning, however the tsunami warning has been lifted for the Kenai Peninsula.

The new overpass in Eagle River reportedly suffered damage as well as damage to the Glenn Highway at Peters Creek, which was reportedly down to one lane of traffic.

Update 12:49 p.m.

• Anchorage School District announces no school Monday or Tuesday.

• Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy issued the following statement regarding the earthquake:

“Rose and I are praying for all Alaskans who were impacted by today’s earthquake. We are especially grateful for our first responders and public safety personnel, who are working to keep us safe,” said Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy. “We’ve received multiple reports of damage across the area, and I am in close contact with Governor Walker and his team about all emergency response activities in the Southcentral region. We ask everyone to please stay calm, be patient, and follow all safety procedures. Now is the time to pull together as Alaskans and remember to check on your neighbors and family.”

Update 12:09

In a phone interview with KGOT 101.3 FM, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said that the Ted Stevens International Airport is now open, and the port is 'in pretty good shape.'

"We appreciate people not using 9-1-1 except when in an emergency situation. I thank the people of Anchorage for being as tough and resilient and kind as they are," Berkowitz said on the call. 

Berkowitz said in the call that the Dena'ina Center is closed due to a leak being checked out, but the Egan Center is open.

The Mayor also recommended boiling tap water before drinking until further notice.

Update 11:55 a.m.

Reports of looting of firewood and supplies reported at Fred Meyer in Eagle River, where power remains out in much of town.

Anchorage Police Department reports it will hold a second press conference at 4:30 p.m. 

In an earlier press conference, police and fire officials said they were currently assessing the damage assessments, and that the fire department responded to three structure fires in the morning.

Updated 11:28

Aftershock currently being felt in downtown, marking at least the 16th of the day with more expected.

Updated 11:20 a.m.

There have been a reported 15 aftershocks since the original quake with more possibly coming this afternoon, 

Ted Stevens International airport remains closed.

Updated 11 a.m.

Traffic to the Mat-Su Valley is being diverted through the city of Eagle River and the Seward Highway is closed due to rockslides.

There are yet unconfirmed reports that flights out of Ted Stevens International Airport have been canceled. The off-ramp at Minnesota and International Airport Road has been severely damaged complicating access to the airport.

Tsunami warnings have been canceled for the Kenai Peninsula.

Updated 11:08 a.m.

Traffic is being diverted through Eagle River, coming out at Mirror Lake Road. It remains possible, but slow to reach the Mat-Su Valley. 

Walmart in Eagle River is handing out free water and milk and the Carrs in Wasilla is handing out free water.

The Carrs in Eagle River and off Huffman in south Anchorage have suffered heavy damage.

This is a developing story.


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