Civil Air Patrol continues to respond to earthquake
The Alaska Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is continuing to respond to Friday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake, officials said in a press release on Saturday.
According to the release, Civil Air Patrol leadership made contacted all of its 19 squadrons within a 275 mile radius of the earthquake's epicenter immediately after the quake. Those squadrons were found undamaged and available for tasking.
"Three aircrews flying CAP specially-equipped search & rescue aircraft were launched from the Anchorage area to provide search and rescue support for stranded motorists along stretches of wilderness highways that do not have alternate means of egress," officials said in a press release. "These aircrews surveyed approximately 200 miles of highway and 150 miles of railway and gas lines. Aircrews produced imagery of critical infrastructure such as bridges and overpasses along three routes and relayed it to emergency officials."
Aircrews surveyed two ports to verify there were no immediate threats to ocean vessels or the environment. They also tracked two Emergency Locator Transmitters in the disaster area and coordinated with CAP ground teams. Officials said around 700 GPS tagged photos were uploaded to the FEMA website by the end of the day.
"The Alaska Wing has members co-located in the state’s emergency operation center and the Alaska Joint Rescue Coordination Center and will continue to accept assignments for search & rescue and disaster relief and assessment as needed throughout the next several days," officials said in the release.
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