Selfie-takers told to stay off buckled road
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Latest on the Alaska earthquake (all times local):
Authorities in Alaska are urging the selfie-taking public to stay away from a road that was badly mangled by last week’s powerful earthquake.
Alaska State Trooper spokesman Jonathon Taylor said Tuesday that some photos seen on social media show people climbing into large cracks on a buckled road in Wasilla north of Anchorage.
Signs and barricades have been set up to keep people away.
Taylor says repair crews using heavy equipment have started construction on the stretch of road, and spectators can impede that effort. He says he hasn’t heard about anyone getting hurt.
Taylor says just being in the area is extremely unsafe, particularly with scores of aftershocks occurring since Friday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Anchorage.
Alaskans were jolted by yet another big aftershock from last week’s powerful earthquake near the state’s largest city.
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey say a 4.6 magnitude aftershock occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday and was felt in Anchorage.
Geophysicist John Bellini says the aftershock is the 13th with a magnitude of 4.5 and above since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck about 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of Anchorage on Friday.
More than 2,100 aftershocks have occurred since the first earthquake, including a 5.7 shaker that arrived within minutes. Bellini says the vast majority of the aftershocks are too small to feel.
Friday’s earthquake damaged roads and some structures, cracked roadways and collapsed highway ramps. But no catastrophic damage, injuries or deaths have been reported.