'It was close and we all felt it:' Anchorage resident reflects on powerful earthquake

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Kristen Arnold was pulling out of her driveway in Anchorage on Friday to head to work when everything shook.

Kristen Arnold was pulling out of her driveway in Anchorage on Friday morning to head to work when everything shook.

"I just felt like the car was bouncing," said Arnold, who felt aftershocks when we interviewed her via FaceTime. "I didn't know if I had hit something or my transmission had gone out -- it was crazy. I put my car in park and I got out and all the buildings around me were shaking."

Arnold is the sister-in-law of ABC 11's Director of Brand Strategy and Audience Development.



"It was violent shaking like I had never felt before so it was pretty astonishing," Arnold said.

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She said she moved from Indiana and had experienced earthquakes before but nothing like this. This earthquake registered a 7.0 magnitude on the US Geological Survey.

"Anchorage just had an earthquake last week but it was pretty small," she said. "This was violent. You didn't even know what was going on."

Thankfully Arnold only had a few things break, such as dishes and frames. She said her refrigerator also moved.

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"I'm very thankful to be safe and home," she said. "I'm glad I wasn't driving when it happened."
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