A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Friday morning near Anchorage, Alaska, causing widespread damage, and alarming office workers who plunged under their desks. No deaths or injuries have yet been reported. Light fixtures fell, glass shattered, roadways collapsed and supermarket aisles were littered with fallen boxes, cans and jars. One man tweeted a photo of his toppled chimney and a local television station showed its studio filled with debris. A large section of an off-ramp near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete. Several cars crashed at a major intersection in Wasilla, north of Anchorage, during the shaking, and about 10,000 were without power as of 4 p.m. local time, according to Matanuska Electric. Flights at the airport were suspended for hours after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower. And the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage. Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage. Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted, saying her family is… Read full this story
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