Aftershocks disrupt cleanup efforts after powerful Alaskan earthquake By Reuters

© BM A stranded vehicle pulled out of a collapsed section of road near the airport after an earthquake in Anchorage By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BM) repair twisted roads and residents began cleaning up the mess around their homes and businesses. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck about eight miles north of Anchorage, the state’s largest city with 300,000 residents on Friday morning, disrupting rush-hour traffic and jamming phone service. No serious injuries were reported. “We are on the way back to normalcy,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said at a press conference on Saturday. He attributed the area’s strict building codes to minimizing damage and preventing many injuries. State transport crews and contractors were already on site on Saturday to make the closed roads usable as soon as possible, and the Anchorage School District said maintenance and salvage workers were assessing the damage. caused to school buildings to make sure they were safe, officials said. The state on Saturday night identified 47 earthquake-damaged roads and bridges, most of which cannot be fully repaired until the region’s dark and snowy winter is over. But even as the cleanup began, as many as 650 aftershocks continued to rock the area, Alaska state seismologist Mike West said in an interview. “It will take months for the rate of aftershocks, the rate at which they are occurring, to drop to what you would consider background levels,” he said, although the vast majority are too small to cause any harm. damage. In a letter to parents and staff, Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop said that “many, if not all,” schools suffered damage in the earthquake and that she was securing her buildings to protect them. valuables that students and teachers left behind as they fled. . The district aimed to reopen its schools by Wednesday. The city is keeping a tally of the costs associated with the earthquake, but did not yet have an estimate, said city manager Bill Falsey. North of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna borough also suffered considerable damage, including the wreckage of Vine Road. Most schools in the district will also be closed until Wednesday, the Matanuska-Susitna school district said. As of noon on Saturday, there had been no serious injuries related to the earthquake, and crews were working to set up detours around some heavily damaged roads, officials said. The Alaska port of Anchorage, which handles half of the cargo shipped to the state, is also undergoing a damage assessment, Falsey said. Workers were unloading fuel from an oil tanker when the earthquake struck, Falsey said. The biggest transportation problem is the only road north of town, the Glenn Highway, Falsey said. Much of this highway was torn apart in the earthquake and motorists have to bypass a damaged bridge, he said.

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