A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck Alaska near Anchorage early Friday morning, sending people fleeing from buildings and to safety beneath door jambs.
The epicenter was just north of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.
The tsunami warning center in Palmer has issued a warning for Southcentral Alaska including Kenai, Kodiak and the shores of Cook Inlet. There were reports of power and phone outages in the region.
The earthquake shook buildings violently. At Anchorage Daily News in Midtown, it sent cracks up walls, damaged ceiling panels and flung items off desks and walls, including a computer monitor and a fire extinguisher. The earthquake was strong enough to knock items off store shelves and rattle homes throughout the region.