A powerful earthquake struck the Anchorage, Alaska, area Friday morning. Early reports show a 7.0 rating on the Richter scale. No casualties have yet been reported.
A tsunami warning was issued in the surrounding areas, including the Cook Islands, but has now been rescinded. "There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake," reads the from the U.S. Tsunami Warning System.
While a welcome reprieve, early indications show that the earthquake has done substantive damage on its own. The Anchorage Police Department to the event as "massive" and says that there is "major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged."
Power outages are popping up all around the Anchorage area. Chugach Electric Association, a utility that provides much of electricity in Anchorage, is that approximately 21,000 customers are currently without power due to the quake. The utility is also publishing a map showing the in the area.
Due to the outages, anyone wishing to make with loved ones in the area to reach out over social media and texts instead of traditional phone calls.