ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KXAN/NBC) — A 7.0 earthquake struck early in the morning on Nov. 30, during a time when snow had long blanketed southcentral Alaska. Now that it’s melting, it’s revealing damage hidden beneath the frosty layers.
Officials in Chugach State Park, an area mostly in the east part of Anchorage and down along Turnagain Arm, told NBC affiliate KTUU they are bracing for the worst.
So far, they’ve seen large fractures on roadways, including one that stretches 500 feet. A nature center’s roof is also damaged, and landslides and boulders obstruct paths and trails.
Other, larger roads and highways near Anchorage, which crumbled and cracked after the quake, were identified and repairs began at that time.