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7.0 Magnitude Earthquake strikes Alaska

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JBER, ALASKA – The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) activated to respond to the 7.0 magnitude
earthquake that struck at 8:29 a.m., this morning, 7 miles NW of JBER. The SEOC preparedness level is currently at
level 3, full activation. This indicates that the SEOC is staffed and responding to the earthquake.
“We continue to feel aftershocks so it’s important to remember to take the proper action, Drop, Cover, and Hold
On, it can save lives and reduce the risk of being injured”, says the Incident Commander, Bryan Fisher.
It’s important that people please stay home, there are multiple reports of road damage. For current road
information go to 511.alaska.gov.

Officials ask to use your local media for current information, don’t call 911. If you smell natural gas, shut it off, but do not
attempt to do this if you do not smell it. Continue to check social media and the news media for updated information.

DOT&PF Establishes Virtual Public Information Center for Earthquake Impacts on Transportation Infrastructure

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – In the aftermath of this morning’s earthquake near Anchorage, DOT&PF crews are out in force to inspect roads and bridges. Because earthquake impacts are severe and widespread in some areas, it will take time to inspect all infrastructure.
DOT&PF has established dot.alaska.gov/earthquake2018/ for online situation updates. Infrastructure and related conditions will be posted as they are confirmed..

As road closures are established, drivers can also access travel information by visiting 511.Alaska.Gov or dialing 5-1-1.
Please report earthquake-related state road conditions by phone to (907) 269-0770 or via email caitlin.frye@alaska.gov.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

 

Shannon McCarthy, (907) 269-0448, shannon.mccarthy@alaska.gov
Meadow Bailey, (907) 451-2240, meadow.bailey@alaska.gov

Press Release: 18-1056

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