Coast Guard ready to respond after Anchorage earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard Alaska units and personnel remain ready to respond after an earthquake Friday in Anchorage.

Personnel from the Port of Alaska in Anchorage are currently assessing the facility for potential damage, and the Coast Guard is working with all its port partners to understand the extent of possible damage throughout the region.

The Port of Anchorage remains open to inbound and outbound maritime traffic at this time.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft crew out of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is conducting an overflight to assess potential pollution or damage to maritime infrastructure in Cook Inlet.

“The Coast Guard Sector Anchorage building located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage sustained some damage,” said Capt. Sean MacKenzie, commander, Sector Anchorage and Captain of the Port, Western Alaska. “The good news is that our command center here is fully operational. Coast Guard cutters, stations and air assets in the region did not sustain significant damage. We are 100 percent capable of responding to all of our core missions.”

No injuries to Coast Guard personnel have been reported.

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