A major 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Alaska, causing people to run from buildings and briefly prompting a tsunami alert for coastal areas. The quake was centred about 11km north of Anchorage, the largest city in the state, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
A series of aftershocks were recorded following the initial shock, which had a depth of 40.9km, the USGS said. Around 3,00,000 people live in Anchorage with 1,00,000 in the surrounding area. The earthquake was reported at 08.29 local time the USGS added.
“The aftershocks are nerve-wracking, but we want to stress that they are what we would expect for an earthquake like this,” the centre said in a tweet. There are currently no reports of casualties. The quake has also caused roads to break apart and other structures to collapse. Air and rail travel has been disrupted by the quake as well.