Trump declares state of emergency in Alaska post natural disaster

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Anchorage Alaska Friday.					Dan Joling  AP

The US Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centred about 12km north of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city.

A tsunami warning has been triggered in Alaska following a 7.0 magnitude natural disaster, but there is no threat to OR or Washington at this time, officials said.

A auto is trapped on a collapsed section of the offramp of Minnesota Drive in Anchorage, Friday, Nov. 30.

The state late Saturday identified 47 earthquake-damaged roads and bridges, most of which can not be fully repaired until the region's dark and snowy winter has passed.

Still, hundreds of aftershocks frayed nerves Saturday as people anxious about being caught in more massive shakers.

People ran from their offices and into the streets or took cover under desks as the ground shook for about 30 seconds.

Air traffic at Anchorage Airport was suspended for a few hours to assess the damage.

When it finally ended, team member Sadie Blake, 15, said, "I started crying".

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The quake has also caused roads to break apart and other structures to collapse.

Thousands of people remain without power and it will take weeks to fix all infrastructure wrecked by a huge 7.0 quake, though President Donald Trump has allowed funds for federal agencies to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

In the caption, she said: "This is what happened on the 6th floor of the Nesbett Courthouse during the Anchorage #earthquake".

At present, three overnight emergency shelters in Anchorage, Chugiak and Wasilla have been opened by the Red Cross of Alaska. The boy's fish was on the floor, gasping, its tank shattered. He grabbed it and put it in another bowl. People were also left without power. "Everything that's not tied down is broke".

On March 27, 1964, an natural disaster measuring 9.2, the most violent ever recorded in the United States and in the world, had struck the Anchorage region.

Alaska has recorded earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 7 to 8 at least once a year on average since 1900, according to the state government website.

Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes due to tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region. The tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

"Even when people were initially concerned, people who might have been reaching for the last item, looked over and saw someone else and said, 'Yes, we are sharing this with you, '" he said. "Because a magnitude 7.0 in a city like that, you know, it could have been significantly worse".

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