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Alaska earthquake: 7.0 magnitude quake rocks Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook downtown Anchorage on Friday morning, damaging buildings and roads.

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The earthquake, which had an epicenter about 8 miles north of the state's largest city, struck around 8:30 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The National Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning after the quake, but later canceled it.


Brandon Slaton told The Associated Press he was soaking in a bathtub at his home in Kenai, Alaska, when the earthquake caused water in the tub to slosh back and forth. He said that "before he knew it, he'd been thrown out of the tub by the force of the waves."

"It was anarchy," Slaton told the AP. "There's no pictures left on the walls, there's no power, there's no fish tank left. Everything that's not tied down is broke."

President Donald Trump, who was in Argentina at the Group of 20 summit Friday, was briefed on the earthquake, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"You have been hit by a 'big one,'" Trump wrote on Twitter. "Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you."

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she and her family were safe after the temblor in a Twitter post.

"Our family is intact -- house is not... I imagine that's the case for many, many others," she wrote. "So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake."

People took to social media to share images and videos of damage left by the quake.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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