Update at 3:15 p.m. Eastern on Friday: The tsunami warning has been canceled.
The Last Frontier State was rocked by a powerful earthquake Friday morning, causing damage and sending people running for cover.
According to Bloomberg, the 6.6 magnitude quake near Anchorage caused Alaska’s metropolis of 300,000 to sway, creating cracks in buildings and sending people diving under desks or running outdoors. Some services rated the earthquake as strong as 7.0, KTUU reported. There have been several aftershocks since the major tremor, sending people running to safety again.
A tsunami warning was issued for the Cook Inlet area, where Anchorage sits along the waterfront, as well as the populated Kenai Peninsula to its south, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System. Many people heeded the warning to head to higher ground before the alert was canceled.
One video inside an office showed people ducking for cover as parts of the ceiling rained down. The shaking lasted over a minute — an especially long time for an earthquake.
Other people shared images of collapsed roadways:
Twitter users posted pictures of damage in their homes and other places and expressed how shaky they still felt:
Power is out in certain areas around Anchorage, a definite concern with the high temperature on Friday predicted to be just below freezing. The quake epicenter was just north of the urban area and also affected the Wasilla/Palmer region, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Wasilla resident and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reported damage at her house.
Anchorage was the site of an absolutely devastating 9.2 magnitude earthquake in 1964, the most powerful ever recorded in U.S. history and the second most powerful in the world, according to the USGS. 139 people died from that quake and the resulting tsunami, which destroyed an entire village.
Please pray for the safety of Alaskans as more aftershocks are expected. Watch more coverage below: