‘I didn’t feel safe anywhere.’ Former Hawaii resident describes Anchorage earthquake


A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska Friday morning.

It crumbled roads, damaged buildings, and sent residents running for cover.

A former Hawaii resident was at work when the ground started shaking.

“Man, the roof at our workplace started coming down. Everything started just falling, so we all ran out. My first concern was call the wife and the kids,” said Isaac Iaea.  “We all ran out of the building and didn’t feel safe anywhere. I didn’t feel safe anywhere, man, the ground was shaking so hard.”

The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning, which was canceled soon after, and aftershocks continued after the initial quake including one that measured 5.7.

No one was hurt, but a city official in Anchorage says thousands remain without electricity, and Gov. Bill Walker says it will take more than a week or two to repair the damage.

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