tv The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino FOX News November 30, 2018 11:00am-12:00pm PST
>> harris: major damage. anchorage alaska took a 7.0 magnitude earthquake about an hour ago. stay with fox news for breaking coverage. >> dana: fox news alert on a major earthquake happening minutes ago and a tsunami warning now in effect. i'm dana perino and this is "the daily briefing." a 7.0 magnitude quake rocking the city of anchorage five to ten miles north of anchorage. it happened huge cracks in the roads and caused people to run for shelter. dan springer is live in seattle. he has been with us trying to explain all that he knows so far. tell us what you have. >> reporter: dana, we just got our first news out of the anchorage police department. they have been scrambling to try to get all the calls they are taking in and responding. we got the first report from them. it says we are handling multiple
situations working to keep everyone safe. here's the thing. they say there is major infrastructure damage across anchorage. major buildings and homes are damaged, many roads and bridges closed. they're obviously dealing with a lot of problems there. the schools have asked for parents to pick up their children. we just god word from the anchorage international airport that the runways are open. they are landing planes but are not allowing people to drive up to and from the airport. so the ramps, the incoming and out going ramps to the airport have been closed. i was texted a picture from a colleague, a person who works for senator murkowski who had seen a tweet about this. major road damage on minnesota drive which is right there next to the international airport, international boulevard, which runs to the airport is damaged
as well. so you have severe damage to a lot of the roads. i did talk to some people in hotels there. one in a marriott said his shook pretty well, for about a minute, but there was not significant damage to that hotel. but there are reports of people diving under desks and trying to just get away from falling debris. this is a 7.0 earthquake. 19 miles now centered just about seven miles north of anchorage, in a place called pointed mackenzie, which is not very populated. the city of anchorage, as you know, is almost the entire population with about 280,000 people. so virtually everybody in that area is gonna feel it. we had initial tsunami warning that did not get extended to the seattle area and beyond. the tsunami warning goes down to
other parts of alaska. >> dana: dan, could i pause you there, dan? stand by. we want to go live to ktva in anchorage. the building suffered a lot of damage. >> -- debris. this light fixture is kind of hanging on by a thread. >> yeah. >> i'd like to show where i was when this happened. this is a pretty impressive example of what you're looking at. why it's important to get under shelter. this is the room i was in when this happened. i don't know how well you can see. this is our tape room. all these tapes -- >> we got some really cool classic footage in the archives here. >> i was sitting at that computer. luckily, got out of the pweulgd before a lot of this happened. this is gonna be a mess. imagine if you were trying to hide or take shelter against a
wall, against the wall with the tapes. this is why you don't do that. this can fall on you, hurt you. other stuff could have fallen. don't stand under a door way. do something sturdy. >> what's back here? this is the graphics department. oh man. an entire table's flipped over. >> it is not. this is worse. >> lot of people were asking if everyone was okay. i believe everybody got out of the building okay. it was 8:30 so we didn't get our big rush of people coming into work. some people who were usually here at this time weren't yet. be careful there. we should show off alaska television. the studio is named after him. >> this is what happens in an
earthquake. the whole building shakes and the foundation especially around wall seams sort of rips. you can see these studs where we have the studs coming in. they got shook loose. >> oh yeah. look at that. >> dana: all right. we lost that picture there. we have dan springer still available to us. ben english is in alaska. he joins me by phone. if you'll stand by, we're going to bring in ben english. ben, are you there? >> reporter: yes, ma'am. >> dana: tell me about what you experienced. >> i was on the 10th floor of my office building. the shaking was pretty extreme. exacerbated a little bit when you're high up in a building. there's pretty significant damage in the building. i was able to make it home. i live close to the building. but there's pretty much major road blocks. quite a bit of infrastructure
damage. >> dana: how long did it last? >> welsh i have been through a lot. i have been here about 20 years. this one was definitely a lot longer. something that intense, time kind of stands still so it's hard to tell exactly. if i had to guess, i'd say between one and two minutes. >> dana: i imagine because you live there. you had drills in your building so you knew what to do? >> yeah. it's kind of a panic situation. we have more fire drills than earthquake drills. i'm lucky that the building that i work in is designed pretty well for earthquakes so damage was minimal. major damage is going to be infrastructure, bridges and roads, things like that. >> dana: for those who have the opportunity to go to the beautiful spot of anchorage, alaska, tell us about the importance of the roads there. it's not like there are a lot of other options. it's not that highly populated. tell me about the damage. >> there's basically one highway
heading north and one heading south to get out of the city. lot of commuters live in those places. if those roads are shut down, they have no other option to get home unless you took a helicopter or boat. i imagine there will be people stranded, not able to get to their homes. >> dana: you said you got home easily. how was that? did you walk? >> i'm five minutes from work. i was lucky. i live over close to the airport and my office is in midtown. i'm home now assessing damage to the house. we have a lot of pictures fell and glasses came out of the cup boards and smashed on the floor and there's cracks in the walls, but nothing too extreme. i think i live in a pretty good soil area. i think people in the bed rom area probably shook harder. i probably fared pretty lucky. one gentle man in my office moved here in 1968 right after the big '64 earthquake. he said it was by far the strongest one he's felt in the
last 50 years. >> dana: when was the last one you remember? >> we have them, you know, every year. we have them all the time, little ones. the biggest one since i have been here 20 year, 2002. i believe it was a 7.6 up near denali. it did damage, but this was much more severe in anchorage even though because of the proximity, it was so close to anchorage and i think the depth was fairly shallow. >> dana: for the epi, center, tell me about that area. do people live up there? >> some do. i think it was at point mackenzie which is right across cook inlet from the city of anchorage. there's some infrastructure out there, rail roads, some industrial stuff. i think the outskirts of palmer probably felt it pretty strong as well. right where the epi center is, not too much built up. again, it's not far from
anchorage so that's probably a key point. >> dana: what do you know about being prepared for after shocks? >> well, i know that they have been happening with regularity. i think we had a 5.3 ab five minutes after the original one. we are to expect after shocks. three, four of them immediately afterwards. they're saying we can expect them for the next day or so to be tapering off slowly. >> dana: ben english, we appreciate you being with us. do we have dan springer still? dan? >> reporter: yeah, dana. i have just listening to your guest there. and one of the things that struck me, one thing that alaska has going for it is that it became a state so recently. 1959 is when alaska became a state. lot of the high rises there were built for government offices and also by the oil companies after the alaska oil pipeline was built in the '60s.
and so the relatively new, relatively strong. again, i talked to somebody at the marriott which is right downtown not very far from the epi center. and it shook. it went on for about a minute. she said she only had a nut cracker fall off the shelf. obviously, lot of people had more than that. but the point is, these are post earthquake 1964 quake buildings that were built. so i think the high rises are not gonna see major damages to them. you'll have damage to homes. we got a report from the anchorage police department, which is getting phone calls from virtually everybody in the city, that there has been major structural damage. lots of homes, lots of roads. we have a shot that i saw from a colleague that i work with, works for senator murkowski tweeted out of minnesota drive, which is a main north/south road that goes through downtown and
then out of town. >> dana: we're able to show the picture here. that road, that's gonna take a lot of cleaning up to do. >> reporter: that's major thorough fare that connects anchorage to its midtown areas. and then areas farther south, it goes all the way past anchorage and out. and that's also what we heard from the folks at ted stevens international. that is right by the airport. so international boulevard and minnesota drive kind of intersect there, right next to ted stevens international airport. again, the reporting is that the runways are open, but the road ways getting to the airport an leaving the airport are closed. so they are landing flights. people can't leave the airport one they get there. dana? >> dana: all right. dan springer, if you'll stand by. mike ando, is the tsunami programming manager. mike, if you could tell us how you make the decision about a tsunami warning.
this was triggered immediately after the 7.0 earthquake hit just a few miles north of anchorage, alaska. >> this was an interesting one. it was a very large earthquake. it's not an area we typically have to worry about for a tsunami. we typically are looking into the zone that would be maybe 100kilometers or two off shore. this occurred inland in the cook inlet, but because of the size, 7.0, that's a big earthquake, that creates a lot of shaking within the inland water ways. the big concern for us is, does that shaking result in any land slides that might be falling into those water ways that can then create their own little tsunamis? there has been a history of that happening in alaska. that was our big concern with this. i am happy to report that we have just cancelled that warning. our senator palmer has been looking at the water level gauges throughout the cook inlet and the peninsula and has
determined that none of that activity, at least large, happened. and so we just cancelled the warning. but that's why we put it up and needed time to do the water level evaluation. >> dana: how technically does that work? >> so, the palmer there, they're looking at just doing a quick earthquake analysis. we have seismic sensors all over alaska. they were able to get that first quake. if the magnitude is large enough, then we have a preplanned response that says, okay, we have this risk of local tsunami. so that all sort of happens in a preplanned way. and then we get into the real live time of looking at all of the coastal water level gauges. some are fishing stations, whatever the case is. anything that tells us, is water level moving? that's really what the focus of that warning center comes once word goes up to closely monitor the water level gauges. >> dana: just to reiterate, you
have cancelled the tsunami warning. everybody that was asked to move the higher ground can now return to their desks or their homes or wherever they were going? >> that is correct. >> dana: mike angove, we appreciate you coming on. we'll stay in touch with you. dan springer, if you're still there, tell us about the epicenter. you said you know mount mackenzie is not highly populated but if it did this much damage 15 to 20 miles away from anchorage, what might it have done up there? >> reporter: point mackenzie is this rural area that could be a little suburb of anchorage. it's just across the cook inlet. years ago we did a story about efforts by senator ted stevens trying to get a bridge into point mackenzie because a lot of folks in anchorage say that's the next logical space for the city of anchorage to grow. it has 280,000 people. they want space to grow.
it's a wide open area. but they never got that bridge built. it was pushed back in congress for the pork barrel spending that he was seeking. it's a wide open area. just north of that is wasilla. we just got a tweet from sarah palin, who is the most famous resident there. she said our family is intact. house is not. imagine that's the case for many, many others. so thankful to be safe following the earthquake. you got point mackenzie, just across cook inlet from anchorage. then you go further north and you have palmer and some of those outer suburbs of anchorage. but the area of point mackenzie itself is not populated at all. but this happened so close to anchorage and all those people, that everyone there felt it. >> dana: dan, i'm gonna hold you there. stand by. we're going live to ktba.
their building suffered a lot of damage. they're showing it to us. >> -- haven't been able to contact anybody. >> we are trying -- >> -- resulted flights coming in or not, apparently little or no damage over there. if you have business out at the airport, you are suggested to call, call your airline, make sure that everything is still going on there. >> okay. >> have not heard from anyone. i have tried cell phone, land lines. calls continue to drop out. we do have phones here in the news room. i will say this. do have -- if you are part of an agency, want to get news out. 274-1111 does work. >> 907-274-1111 if you have any
information. if something's going on. specifically like you said from emergency departments. mlp going around. there's different power outages reported in the anchorage area. >> just got something from state transportation department earthquake damage, mile post 19 passable but care. use caution in the area. damages at 19.7, road is passable just drive slow and be cautious on all the roads. >> excuse me one second. >> we are clearly getting calls now live from different people and different agency. we are gonna try our best to keep you updated with as much current information as can.
we don't have any information yet about seward highway, anything like that. we are gonna try to get you information as fast as we can here. stay tuned to our facebook live feed. ktva facebook page, day break page. you telephones are going nuts. >> that guy who just called in said bridge -- said a friend relaid some information. >> dana: okay. want to transition from ktva in anchorage to the usgs, geological survey, that's speaking right now on the earthquake. let's listen in. >> one of the things that we do is help you understand what consequences are of those short term decisions. it's easier to ask on the long term risk when you have more earthquakes which is why california have that.
>> along those same lines, you've seen the video of the infrastructure that's been compromised. how does that care with us here in california in terms of our infrastructure being prepared for such an event? >> i do not know enough about alaska's policies to comment too much about why they have what they have. i can comment for california. we do a great job of preparing for the last two earthquakes we had. the last two earthquakes we had did a lot of damage to our freeways. since then caltrans has spent over $10 billion retrofitting our freeways, bridges and on ramps and off ramps. so that's not likely to be a big problem for our next earthquake. i don't know of any similar program in alaska.
>> one would presume a state that had 45 earthquakes this year, that they would be prepared for this thing. yet there's vast damage. is that significant to you from what you've seen? >> how do i put this? it does not surprise me to see this level of damage. >> dana: that's u.s. geological survey giving an update. another one from argentina. sarah sanders tweeting the president has been briefed on the earthquake near anchorage, alaska, and is monitoring damage reports. we are paying for the safety of all alaskans. more on the earthquake and a live report from the g-20 summit. stick with us. for strength and energy! whoo-hoo! great-tasting ensure. with nine grams of protein and twenty-six vitamins and minerals. ensure. now up to 30 grams of protein for strength and energy!
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rick, this map, i think superinteresting. can you explain it to the viewers? we've been talking about this at the break. >> reporter: the usga auto plots anywhere where there's seismic activity anywhere around the globe. you can see a lot of spots here where we've had some sort of activity. biggest one, obviously, right there in that center which is very close to the anchorage area. my map is not gonna move forward. it did, now it's stuck. i will tell you initially they issued that tsunami for the cook inlet. lot of times we've seen in the last number of years with all of the significant tsunami. sometimes a tsunami wave can move all the way across the pacific ocean. we're not worried about that. the initial tsunami warning was issued for that cook inlet and it's gone. what we're going to see now is the damage from the earthquake itself. there's sick hours of daylight.
it's about 28 degrees. it will very quickly get dark and you'll have to go through the overnight hours without power, and that will be a problem. search and recovery will be hampered just by a lack of daylight. >> dana: that's a good reminder of that. i wanted to ask you about the question that the u.s. geological survey staffer got before we went to break. that was a question from a reporter asking, so, why can't you have predicted this? isn't the answer, you cannot predict earthquakes? >> you can't predict earthquakes. you can after a big one saying there will be after shocks. we've seen a number of after shocks. those big ones like that, this is stuff happening way below where we sit that is constantfully motion. lot of times it's banging up against each other and waiting for that moment it slips. you can't predict that. what you can eventually predict is tsunamis. takes about a 7.0 or higher to
cause a tsunami. this one, the center of it, was just on shore but just barely on shore. that's why they issued that warning initially. we do have sensors across the pacific ocean to get a sense if there is actually tsunami waves. that helps give warnings farther down stream. we're not worried about that which is the good news here. >> dana: thank you so much, rick. we will be back to you. want to get to marine scientist and author of fierce earth about earthquakes. i had just read that we're not that far from the anniversary of the 1964 earthquake in anchorage that really levelled that downtow downtown. >> yeah. >> dana: hi. wondered if we could get your take on what you think happened out there today in anchorage about 19 miles north of the city. and that this is not too far from the anniversary of the one that hit in 1964 and really
levelled downtown anchorage. >> well, what many people don't know is that alaska is the most active state in the country. lot of people think it's california, but it's really alaska. they are sitting in an area of the world and the u.s. that is very prone to earthquakes because of a zone off shore. so they see these sort of quakes. 7.01 is a major quake. it caused major damage. >> dana: sarah palin tweeting that her family is intact, but her house is not. she's imagined that's the case for many others. we've seen reports of damage of the roads. there's one in and one highway north and one highway south, of course. tell me about any concern about after shocks here. >> well, we know that there will be after shocks. when you have a quake of this size, you're going to have
significant number of after shocks. they can be 5.0 magnitude, 4.0. they're gonna last for a significant amount of time. so the larger the earthquake is, the more after shocks you have, the longer they last, and the more frequent they essentially are. so unfortunate for people who are going to be recovering from the main shock are going to have to deal with those after shocks. as you've heard, it's going to get colder and darker soon. tough situation for them there. >> dana: all right. dr. ellen prager, thank you very much for being with us. we will continue to update you on this breaking news out of anchorage, alaska. we'll be right back. if you're a veteran paying 1500 dollars or more for rent every month, newday usa could help you buy a home for what you're paying in rent. that means you could own instead of rent. and by using your va benefit, you don't need a down payment to make it happen. with the newday usa zero down va loan, there's no. down. payment.
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i didn't hear it coming. my son did that was in the other room. said it sounded like a low rumble of like a truck starting up. i literally felt like somebody started shaking me when i was in the bathroom. so i ran out, grabbed my son and headed to the door way. there's china, some dishes, whatever else that's on the floor. picture frames are awry. we're still just a couple minutes ago, we're still having after shocks. >> dana: how strong are those by comparison? >> they're not too bad. like a low rumble. maybe a small shake and then it just stops. that's typical. >> dana: you've been through these before, i assume. >> huh? >> dana: you've been through these before. >> i was born here in '84. this is probably the strongest as far as like shaking back and forth that i have experienced. there's other ones that i have experienced that have been longer in time, but this was definitely a good one.
>> dana: our meteorologist pointed out that at this time of year there's only about six hours of daylight in alaska. from what you can see from outside your window, we know there are some roads that are in disrepair, impassable. apparently the highway there is passable with care. is there any other damage you can see from where you are? >> not from where i'm at. i did a check around the house. i don't see any problems with the water heating system or anything like that. i actually haven't checked to see about the bridge on minnesota and the overpass as far as the glasser. i do know i talked to my brother. he said there were some cracks on the road. said he was dropping his kids off at school and felt it start shaking. >> dana: then probably went back and got his kids. well, david harper, we're glad that you're safe and thank you for joining us on the phone. all right.
we're gonna continue now talking about this massive 7.0 earthquake that struck alaska. let's bring back in dan springer. you're in seattle. people might not realize how much activity happened earthquake wise in that northwestern part of the united states. >> reporter: oh yeah. we're just off the ring of fire. so in the pacific ocean you've got that abduction zone from north america out into the pacific ocean. then that ocean place. right there is the major fault that they're worried about, causing a catastrophic earthquake some day here in seattle. but i have some news from tap, transatlantic pipeline. transalaska pipeline. that runs all the way from the north slope where a predominant amount of oil production takes place down the valdez and the southern part of the state. we got word at 8:34 they shut down that pipeline as a precaution. they have not had any reports of
damage or injury but shut down the pipeline to make sure they don't have any leaks. we have three power companies reporting outages but it's not all of their customers. up in the wasila area, they've got 17,000 people without power. some people have already been brought back online. municipal light power has about 30,000 customers in anchorage. not all are without power. and the chewgas, 16,000 are without power. people are posting they are happy that their power has been restored. crews are all out there. they've got every person out there working on restoring power. again, they've got to race against time because there's so little daylight in alaska these days that they've got to work hard. >> dana: we're looking at a shot just outside anchorage, alaska. you can see the major damage there. sink holes being reported. hopefully, this person, whose car is there, hopefully they
were able to abandon that car and get to safety. i want to go to dana rosso, public affairs officer in richardson, just outside anchorage. tell me about what has happened up there to the base. dana rosso, do we have you on the phone? public affairs from joint base -- no, i guess we don't have her. i don't even know if it's a him or her. we want to bring you that report though. apparently there has been a lot of damage. if dan springer is still there, i'm sure you've been to the joint base up there. dana, do we have you on the phone now? >> this is dana rosso, thank you. >> dana: hi, dana perino here. we understand the base has taken in a lot of damage after this earthquake.
maybe we do not have dana. dana? all right. it's possible that we're having a tough time getting service up there. dan springer, i sent a note to my former speech coach. she is a professor up there in anchorage. she said that they're rattled but safe. you're looking at that live picture with damage to the road. she said that the stop lights are all out. that they are hearing reports of sink holes. she knows a bridge that collapsed. there's other damage in her home. sort of what sarah palin said. lot of things fell off the shelf. ceiling fan shattered. she said it is the largest they have been in but they are safe. >> they're a hardy bunch. they're used to earthquakes. you're asking if the person got out of that vehicle and got to
safety? i'm sure they did. that is minnesota drive is a main thoroughfare that goes north and south up to alaska and then down south as you go towards the lucian island, what have you. that is a main road that goes through alaska. then you take that off ramp and that's right to the airport. however, we just got tweets from the anchorage international airport. the anchorage airport is open. we're not sure people can get to the airport but the airlines are landing planes and taking off from anchorage airport. >> dana: we do have dana rosso, just outside anchorage. dana, we'll try this again. we want to get your eyewitness account of what happened at the base. dana? apparently the coverage is very spotty. tell us what you saw.
>> good morning. this is dana ross of public affairs officer. obviously, this morning we were here in the office and started to feel the initial jolt, movement and took cover. at this time joint base richardson -- we have our first responders and response personnel right now. we are assessing any damage to the installation. we will report that information back up the chain so we can evaluate how we can respond to the situation within the anchorage area, here on base as well, so that we are ready to continue with the recovery effort. >> dana: tell me about the power situation as well as the roads. infrastructure damage, i'm assuming?
dana? >> as of right now i have not seen any of the damage on the road. everything that i have seen, the roads are still intact and traffic is moving through. as of right now on base, i'm not reporting any damages. >> dana: that's very good to hear. anything then that the troops up there do to help the community when something like this happens? >> we will stand by for anything that may develop. we have our runways here. we need to get aircraft in and out of the area. we are standing by to assist with that. once we have everything situated and everything known on the installation, then we'll be able
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of anchorage, alaska. the damage felt certainly all around there. we're getting reports of that. let's go to dan springer. you were covering this from the very beginning. let's start from the beginning. rerack this and tell us what happened. >> reporter: yeah. at 8:30 a.m. this morning, anchorage was hit with a massive earthquake, a major earthquake of 7.0. the magnitude came in at 6.7, then dropped to 6.6. now they've settled on 7.0. it happened just north of the city of anchorage in a place called point mackenzie. that is an area lightly populated. just across the cook inlet from anchorage. it's so close. it's just a few miles north of anchorage. so everybody in anchorage felt this earthquake. it was relatively deep, at 19 miles. initially there was a tsunami warning that was issued for all of alaska. it did not -- that warning did not get down to places like seattle and further down the coast. that's because with the depth of
this earthquake. it happened just north of this abduction zone which we've heard so much about. the damage is widespread. you're seeing video of that widespread damage all across the state. alaska governor bill walker just issued a declaration of disaster. he says he's been in contact with the president on this. there have been multiple watermain breaks. they have all taken students from one school and taken them safety at a fire station. parents are being urged to pick up their kids from school. it's a real mess. you see that video there of minnesota drive. that is a main thoroughfare. that's actually an off ramp of minnesota drive. it would get people from minnesota drive into the airport, anchorage international. and so that is shut down obviously right there. the airport itself is open. planes are landing and taking off. but we understand there's major damage to international boulevard, which is the main road that would take people to the airport. you might be able to fly into
anchorage but might not be able to get very far. there is widespread damage to buildings. i have talked to people in high rises, relative high rises of 13, 14 stories. you don't have 50 story buildings in anchorage. they said they felt it, obviously, but they don't have major damage. this is a relatively new state. became a state in 1959. most of those buildings are very well equipped for major earthquakes. i don't expect to see major catastrophic damages to the larger buildings. they're mainly government buildings and those that were built by the oil companies. we are getting reports of widespread damage to homes and roads and some of the bridges in anchorage. dana? >> dana: in fact, in 1964, when that earthquake hit anchorage, alaska, really did a lot of damage to the downtown area. so as you point out, thankfully, in our country, we have the ability and the resources to build new codes so that the damage is not structural but of course people don't like to have
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in two great flavors. >> dana: we continue our coverage of the earthquake in arizona. just got a tweet in from alaska's governor bill walker. he said this. after a major earthquake i have issued a declaration of disaster and have been in direct contact with the white house major general lori hum mel and i are working with emergency responders to make sure alaskans are safe. from the incident command center, we are closely monitoring reports of after shocks and assessing damage to roads, bridges and builds. my family is praying for yours. god bless alaska, indeed. all right. on the phone is mike west, state
seismologist for alaska and director of the earthquake center in fairbanks. tell us what you know, mike. >> i think your listeners know we had a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in alaska. very close to anchorage. that's what makes this event notable. large earthquakes are not uncommon in alaska, but five miles away from downtown anchorage is. >> dana: what do you know then about the possible damage that anchorage is looking at in terms of having to clean up? we had the sarah palin tweet from wasila. but that damage could be widespread? >> this earthquake was about 30 miles beneath the surface of the earth. it was felt over a pretty wide area. not just in anchorage proper, but certainly throughout the surrounding towns. so very very strong. damage is coming in from a number of different directions. >> dana: tell me a little bit
more about just the frequency of activity. i'm just curious about how things have changed since 1964 when that last big earthquake really took down a lot of anchorage downtown area. >> well, alaska certainly lives with a lot of seismic activity. lot of earthquakes. certainly our history includes in it the magnitude 9.2 earthquake in 1964 which is the second largest earthquake ever recorded on earth. that kind of set the stage for modern alaska in many ways. so while we are accustomed to earthquakes, it is not very common that they happen this close to heavy populations. >> dana: and we are just getting word, of course, the government, the white house, has been fully briefed and the governor of alaska, bill walker, saying he's been in direct contact with the white house. it could be additional funds are
going to be needed from the federal emergency management association, fema. already dealing with hurricanes and wild fires. certainly, the delegation of alaska there in washington, we'll be talking to the white house for that kind of need. remind me, mike, in terms of road damage, is that fairly easy to repair after an earthquake like this? >> road damage is certainly relatively common in significant earthquakes in the state. that means a lot of different things. some torn up pavement is easy to fix. but there are also places where, for example, land slides come down across the road or you have an elevated road way that no longer structurally sound. these are certainly issues that can be far more complicated. there's a lot of different infrastructure impacted in an earthquake like this. >> dana: what about the power? we understand in some places the power is out. >> yeah. there have been widespread power
outages over different areas of south central alaska that have certainly compromised communications today. many media outlets, for example, have not been able to do what they would normally do. so it has slowed our ability to learn kind of comprehensively what has happened. >> dana: mike west, thank you for that report. we'll continue to be in touch with you. dan springer, you're still with us. we have about two minutes before shep smith is going to take over. i was trying to get my speech coach there in anchorage on the phone, but her battery is very low. they have no power in their house, but they are safe which, of course, is the good news. in the minute and a half we have left, tell us a little more about what we can expect in the coming hours. there is only about six hours of daytime this time of year in alaska. >> reporter: it's interesting. alaska's power grid is pretty
deregulated. they've got multiple power companies serving those 280,000 people who live in anchorage. we've got reports from those multiple power companies. it seems like they've got about 60,000, by my count, about 60,000 people out. could be more than that. they got most of their customers who still have power. they've got all hands on deck, obviously. they will have everybody in and then some coming to the area to restore power. that's the big issue. they do have multiple watermainbreaks. you have students sitting at the schools in buses waiting to get picked up. some of the students at an elementary school were taken to a local fire station. so parents are just scrambling to get their kids. you've got people assessing their damage at their house. that's where you'll see most of the damage. home and roads. we've got widespread damage in those areas. the big buildings, 15, 20-story buildings, we're not hearing reports of them toppling over or having catastrophic damage to them, which is good. the hotels and the power
companies and the big government buildings, they seem to have come through this very well. >> dana: i'm gonna wrap you up. thank you. we'll have continuing breaking knew coverage. up next here's shep. >> shepard: it's 3:00 on the east coast, 11:00 a.m. in anchorage with a massive 7.0 earthquake has struck the state's largest city. it's not over yet. the after shocks are still shaking the communities. president trump in argentina meeting with world leaders and defending his past business dealings with russia. the president also signing a trade agreement with canada and mexico. he's calling it one of the most important trade deals in the history of the world. of course, it's not even done. analysts say it's not that different at all from the nafta deal that he hated. reporting begins now. our reporting