Alaska real estate investors are in shock after the devastating quake that slammed the state on Thursday, according to analysts and brokers.
The epicenter of the quake was in the Aleutian Islands, where the area is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean.
The US Geological Survey said the quake centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the town of Aleutians Landing.
The Aleutis is a small island chain in the Pacific Ocean, where a seismic swarm caused widespread damage.
The quake also caused major landslides, flooding, power outages and major landslip damage.
“The epicenter is now centered in Aleut Islands,” said Doug Schoenfeld, a broker at the Seattle-based Bancorp Group, which specializes in real estate in Alaska.
“It was a very strong earthquake.
There were reports of landslides and power outage in the area.”
Schoenfield said he expects to see some more tremors in the immediate area, but there’s a good chance the damage won’t be extensive.
“This is a very isolated area.
This is really, really remote.
There are a lot of small towns here, so I wouldn’t expect any significant damage.”
In a statement, Alaska Gov.
Bill Walker said he was “very concerned” about the damage and had called on residents to leave.
“While this is an earthquake, it’s not a tsunami,” Walker said.
“There is a significant amount of tsunami debris in the sea floor, and there’s no way to assess the damage until after the earthquake has subsided.”
There are now more than 5,000 buildings damaged, including more than 100 at Alaskans Landing.
An estimated $4 billion worth of properties were damaged, with more than $1 billion in damage estimated.
Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker speaks during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 2, 2020.
Alaska’s Department of Transportation said the damage has been estimated at $3.2 billion.
In a Facebook post, the Alaska Department of Health said about 200,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, including some of Alaska’s most vulnerable residents.
The state is preparing to send a team of workers to the area.
“We’re working with the National Guard to ensure that our personnel are prepared,” the statement said.
Alaska governor-elect Bill Wade said Thursday that he had been briefed on the disaster, but said he didn’t have any specific updates.
“I think people have a very clear understanding of what we’re going through, and we’re prepared to help,” Wade said.
The Alaska Department for Emergency Management said there were no reports of injuries.
In the wake of the disaster Thursday, more than 1,300 people were placed on emergency evacuations, according for the Alaska Emergency Management Agency.
More than 1 million people were in shelters, according the Alaska National Guard.
The area was under a mandatory evacuation order, meaning residents could only leave the state if they were prepared to leave the area, according with the state.
A state of emergency was in effect Friday.
The earthquake shook the Aleuts territory from Anchorage to the Arctic Circle.
The first wave hit at 2:40 a.m. and the second one struck at 2 a.ma.
The waves were strong enough to shake the hulls of ships, according.
“In the first two waves, it shook the hull of ships,” said Mike Bock, director of the Aleuvian Islands Seismic Safety Research Center.
“But the third wave was more intense.
There was a lot more shaking.
It’s very likely that there’s going to be a lot damage.”
“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Bock.
“That’s a very unusual event.
That’s a major earthquake, and I’m not sure what caused it.
It could have been a combination of things.”
The quake was felt as far away as Alaska’s capital, Anchorage.
“Some buildings were shaking, and it felt like we were in a very, very dangerous place,” Bock said.
Bock has lived in the Anchorage area for 30 years and says he has never seen a quake this large.
“My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones,” Bick said.
Alaskas biggest hospital was closed after the quake and was closed for a few hours Friday morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude was 6.8.
“Damage was extensive in the surrounding area, with a number of buildings damaged,” the USGS said.
It is the second major quake in Alaska this year.
In January, a magnitude-5.1 earthquake hit about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage.
That quake was centered about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Aleuts Landing.
In March, a 6.2 quake rocked the Aleu Islands.