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Former Lubbock citizen gives detailed account of Alaska earthquakes

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Back to back earthquakes in Alaska registered Friday morning, measuring at 7.0 and 5.7 respectively.

It shattered roads across the state, sending residents into a panic.

In the middle of this disaster was someone who lived in Lubbock for 31 years. 

Jamie Cunningham graduated from Coronado High School in 1988, and now lives in Palmer, Alaska.

She said she realized something was wrong at about 8 a.m.

"I was coming down my hallway headed to the coffee machine and the house started to roll. It feels like it's rolling underneath your feet. It takes you a second to realize what's going on," Cunningham said.

Two consecutive earthquakes registered near Anchorage, and she said she still felt the after-shocks long after the initial shock.

"There have been 15 aftershocks that I've counted that have registered, oh, (aftershock)... 3.5, about 8 miles from me. So that's another one," Cunningham said.

For a moment, Cunningham said she thought she was going to die.

"It's just terrifying. It's the most helpless feeling ever. And it's loud. Something I think people don't really realize about an earthquake is the noise involved. It's terrifying," Cunningham said.

Multiple power outages and gas leaks have been reported across the state, and Cunningham said this is absolutely the biggest earthquake she has experienced since moving to Alaska. 

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