Alaska rocked by 7.0 quake

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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the extent of damage was "relatively small" considering the scale of Friday's natural disaster.

Life is slowly settling down in Alaska following a powerful natural disaster that rattled buildings, disrupted power and caused heavy damage to the only highway that goes north of Anchorage.

There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

Traffic has been snarled since the quake. Much of that highway was ripped apart in the quake, and motorists must detour around a damaged bridge, he said.

Around 300,000 people live in Anchorage with 100,000 in the surrounding area. The airport also confirmed that roads to the airport have been damaged.

SEE BELOW: In September 2018, landslides and a tsunami caused by a 7.5 magnitude quake resulted in massive devastation and loss of life in Indonesia.

Roads aren't the only transportation worry in Alaska.

Classes were suspended at the University of Alaska at Anchorage (UAA) and at all schools in the district, some of whose students were evacuated and secured.

But Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said at a news conference Saturday that power has been restored to all but about a dozen residents.

"It's one of those things where in your head, you think, 'OK, it's going to stop, ' and you say that to yourself so many times in your head that finally you think, 'OK, maybe this isn't going to stop, '" he said. Harper said the quake was "significant enough that the people who were outside were actively hugging each other".

He also touted Alaskans' longstanding tradition to stock up for long winters.

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"To the Great people of Alaska". A driver attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road was not injured when the ramp sank.

Blair Braverman was staying in a hotel with her husband when the quake hit.

Al and Lyn Matthews show structural cracks in their home in south Anchorage, Alaska, following earthquakes Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

KTVA's news team in Anchorage were among those badly shaken by an natural disaster on Friday with officials describing a magnitude 7.0 quake.

"Alaska gets a lot of earthquakes, but this one was rocking and rolling", Thibodeau said.

The Glenn Highway received damage in several areas north of Anchorage.

It registered a magnitude of 7.0 officially classifying it as a major quake.

The largest quake in United States history occurred in Anchorage in 1964.

Allison Susel, the acting principal at Chugiak High School in Chugiak, Alaska, surveys damage following the magnitude 7.0 quake, on November 30, 2018.

Residents of Anchorage posted pictures and videos to Twitter of damage to their homes and stores - belongings knocked off of shelves, broken windows, and pictures scattered on the floor. However, the one highway leading north out of Anchorage received some major damage in spots. An incident command center has been established at Joint Base Elmendorf.

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