Large earthquake rocks Anchorage, Alaska: Officials

A massive earthquake, preliminarily registering a 7.0 magnitude, was reported near Anchorage, Alaska Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake happened about 7.5 miles north of the city, the USGS reports.

The preliminary reports of the earthquake’s magnitude differed, with the National Weather Service the tremblor was a 7.2 on the Richter scale.

The NWS and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning for parts of Alaska, but no surrounding states have received similar warnings.

It was not immediately clear if there was damage or injuries.

One Twitter user posted a video from a local grocery store showing how shelved food was thrown onto the floor.

A student in Alaska posted a video on Twitter showing the lights in her art classroom shaking, and cupboards appear to have been opened due to the shocks.

“Earthquake just happened right now i ’m actually shaking,” the student, Alyson Petrie, wrote.

The Anchorage School District posted a message to parents on their Twitter account.

“We hope that everyone is safe after the earthquake. We are assessing building safety and damages now. We will update the community as new information comes in. In the meantime, parents and guardians, when you feel it is safe to do so, please pick your children up from school,” the school district wrote.

Municipal Light & Power tweeted that they are “currently assessing any damages or power outages as a result of the earthquake.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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