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Trump issues Alaska emergency declaration after earthquake

President Trump on Friday issued an emergency declaration for Alaska, ordering federal assistance to support response efforts following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Anchorage area earlier in the day.

Trump’s action allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help coordinate relief efforts in the area, the White House noted in its statement on the move late Friday.

The agencies will support ongoing state, tribal and local responses to devastation from the earthquake that hit north of Anchorage early Friday.{mosads}

Trump tweeted his support to Alaska earlier in the day, saying the state had been hit by a “big one.” He added that the federal government “will spare no expense.”

While no injuries have been reported, major infrastructure damages occurred as a result of the quake.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) said he was working with the White House to monitor the situation.

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