ANC Station Reopens following 7.2 magnitude Earthquake – All Layover Crews Safe
December 1, 2018
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 rocked the Anchorage area at 8:29 a.m. Alaska Standard Time (11:29 a.m. Central) Friday. The epicenter of the quake was located just north of the city. Some damage is reported and the ANC airport was closed for a time for facility inspection.
Flight Attendants and pilots on layover in ANC have been accounted for and are reported safe. Because of the airport closure, and the ANC Air Traffic Control Center also was closed for a time causing delays in both the departure from DEN to ANC as well as the ORD-NRT departure. That center is open again and no further issues are expected with any of flights that overfly the polar region to and from Asia.
To assist passengers affected by the damages caused by the earthquake, United will operate an extra section DEN-ANC-DEN on Saturday to accommodate those passengers.