A powerful earthquake struck just north of Anchorage, Alaska Friday morning. Major damage resulted as roadways collapsed, gas lines broke, and large cracks appeared in the ground and in the walls of structures.
Power outages were widespread in the sub-freezing temperatures as residents and business owners started cleaning up the massive amount of debris in their homes and buildings from falling objects, collapsing furniture, and damaged ceilings. Longtime residents said it was the biggest quake they’d felt since the one in 1964, which killed 139 people in and around Anchorage.
A tsunami warning for the Anchorage waterfront was issued for several hours before being canceled. The quake magnitude was ranked as high as 7.0, and the shaking lasted longer than a minute.
Many houses were damaged as far north as Wasilla. Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was among those whose homes were significantly affected by the quake.
“🙏🏼[Prayers] for Alaska,” she wrote on Twitter. “Our family is intact — house is not... I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.”
A number of liberals replied to her report with hate, taking the opportunity to cruelly mock her:
One comment was particularly curious:
Um, wait...earthquakes are caused by climate change?
The vast majority of comments Palin received — including from some people who said they didn’t agree with her politics — were supportive, though.
Friday afternoon, she shared a video she took of the kitchen at her parent’s house in Wasilla. It looked like every dish they owned was shattered on the floor from the violent shaking:
Our prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake.