Earthquake in Alaska. The Governor declared a state of emergency

Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the emergency regime in this US state in connection with the earthquake occurred on Friday magnitude 7.0. This Walker said in his Twitter.

“After a strong earthquake, I declared a state of emergency, and I am in direct contact with the White house [in connection with the incident],” the Governor said in a statement. According to him, the state authorities have already created an operational headquarters and “closely monitor reports of aftershocks, as well as assess the damage caused to roads, bridges and buildings.”

The epicenter of the tremors was located about 13 km North of Anchorige — the largest city in Alaska, where almost 300 thousand people live. The focus of the disaster lay at a depth of 40.9 km. The main push was followed by several aftershocks, the strongest of which reached a magnitude of 5.8.

The earthquake was felt in all areas of anchorage and the surrounding area. As reported by the associated Press Agency, some houses were damaged as a result of the earthquake, cracks were formed on them. Several buildings, including one of the city schools, were hit by ceiling tiles. On some of the roads had cracked the asphalt.