"So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the quake". "You just never know when".
Images on social networks or TV channels showed crumbling sections of road or cracked buildings, while on Twitter, many residents were posting photos showing the contents of shelves or supermarket shelves scattered on the ground. the impact of shaking.
He also says that he has been in contact with Governor Bill Walker about emergency response activities.
North of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough also sustained considerable damage, including the wreck of Vine Road. For now, the Alaska Railroad remains shut down until all of the tracks could be inspected.
Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said today that progress was being made restoring power and utilities aren't expecting protracted outages. But he's "really glad" they were in place as he only had minor water damage at his home.
Mr Starling said that at this time of year, the state sees only six hours of daylight: "We're fortunate on timing. this happened just at sunrise".
The quake was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage, which has a population of about 300,000.
People ran from their offices and into the streets or took cover under desks as the ground shook for about 30 seconds. Then came a series of smaller quakes.
This violent seismic activity had pushed the American authorities to launch a tsunami warning in this zone but it was quickly lifted.
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.
There no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries. It damaged nearby businesses and sent shockwaves through homes. Alyeska spokeswoman Michelle Egan said it was restarted at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
She said some roads in the Anchorage area, including some leading to the airport, are impassible, and drivers should follow detour signs to drop off and pick up passengers at taxi and shuttle bus queues.
Still, hundreds of aftershocks frayed nerves Saturday as people anxious about being caught in more massive shakers. "I kept waking up".
Traffic outbound from Anchorage on the Glenn Highway was at a standstill after a 7.0-magnitude natural disaster caused damage in the Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The overpass by global and Minnesota Drive has partially collapsed.
Anchorage resident C.J. Johnson stocks up on water and bread at a local grocery, after the morning's 7.0-magnitude natural disaster which caused extensive damage to the local area in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. More than a dozen were higher than magnitude 4 and a handful greater than magnitude 5, Falsey said.
"The ships are coming in on schedule, the supply lines are at this point uninterrupted", Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Sunday at a news conference.
"I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong the ground itself shook during the quake", he said during a question-and-answer session at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
The hope is that the Shake Alert early warning system in place in Washington will assist in some way, providing people with up to a minute's warning before an impending quake. We looked after one another.
"It wasn't a situation where there was a mass rush of people", hospital spokesman Mikal Canfield said.
Later, Walker surveyed the damage from the air with the Alaska National Guard. Most of the damage was done to highways north of Anchorage.
Soon after the shaking ended, the school bus pulled up and the children boarded, but the driver stopped at a bridge and refused to go across because of deep cracks in the road, Lettow said.
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