A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit just north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest and most populous city on the morning of Friday, Nov. 30. No deaths have been reported, and the city is quickly recovering.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was closed for a short time on Friday, Nov. 30, but has resumed a normal schedule. Alaska Railroad is working to resume freight services and will have updates on passenger service soon as well. There has been localized infrastructure damage to some roads, bridges and buildings in the surrounding area. Details on road closures can be found online here: http://dot.alaska.gov/earthquake2018/
Travelers with upcoming trips may want to contact hotels and tour operators for updates. For a directory of hotel and other tourism services in the impacted areas, go to the official tourism websites for Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley: Visit Anchorage, www.anchorage.net/, and Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.alaskavisit.com. While the earthquake was felt in regions further afield, such as Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula, tourism infrastructure was not affected.
Alaskans are resilient and resourceful, and the Alaska Travel Industry Association is pleased to see such a complete recovery underway so quickly.