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Large 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska: officials say

A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred roughly 7.5 miles north of the city, the USGS reports.

Preliminary reports of the quake’s magnitude varied, with the National Weather Service saying it registered as a 7.2 on the Richter scale.

The NWS and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning for areas of Alaska, however no surrounding states have received similar warnings.

It was not immediately known if there is damage or injuries.

One user on Twitter posted a video from a grocery store, showing shelved food thrown onto the floor.

One Twitter user posted a video from a local grocery store showing how shelved food was thrown onto the floor.

A Alaska high school student posted a video on Twitter showing the lights in her art classroom shaking, and cabinets appear to have been opened due to the shocks.

“Earthquake just happened right now i ’m actually shaking,” wrote Alyson Petrie.

The Anchorage School District posted a message via Twitter.

“We hope that everyone is safe after the earthquake. We are assessing building safety and damages now. We will update the community as new information comes in. In the meantime, parents and guardians, when you feel it is safe to do so, please pick your children up from school.”

Municipal Light & Power tweeted that they are “currently assessing any damages or power outages as a result of the earthquake.”

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