Aftershocks rattle cleanup efforts after powerful Alaskan earthquake
Aftershocks from Friday’s powerful Alaskan earthquake continued to pound the area around Anchorage on Saturday, as workers strove to patch up buckled roads and residents began cleaning up damage around their homes and businesses.
The 7.0 magnitude quake struck Friday morning about 8 miles (13 km) north of Anchorage, the state’s largest city with 300,000 residents, disrupting rush-hour traffic and jamming telephone service. There were no reports of serious injuries.
“We are on the road to returning to normal,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said at a news conference on Saturday. He credited the region’s strict building codes with minimizing damage and preventing many injuries.
By Saturday, state transportation crews and contractors were already on scene to make closed roads usable as soon as possible, and the Anchorage School District said maintenance and recovery workers were assessing damage to school buildings to make sure they were safe, officials said.