Public Health Response to 7.0 Earthquake in Alaska on Nov. 30

Key Updates

  • On Dec. 3, Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency was put in place on Nov. 30 in Alaska due to earthquakes.
  • Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on Nov. 30
  • A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck seven miles north of Anchorage, Ala. on Nov. 30. Hundreds of aftershocks have occurred since the initial earthquake, with several greater than 5.0 magnitude.
  • Healthcare facilities in the greater Anchorage area, including hospitals, assisted living centers, dialysis centers, and nursing homes sustained limited structural damage but are operational.
  • Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility asked customers to boil water before consumption as a precaution.
  • Alaska transportation:
    • Glenn Highway was significantly damaged; the highway is open and has detours around damaged sections.
    • All airports are operational.
    • The Port of Anchorage is open; inbound commercial traffic pending completed damage assessments.
    • Several oil transmission pipelines in the area are shutdown as a precaution pending safety checks.
  • Blanket 1135 waivers have been approved and are being posted to CMS Region 10 office can provide assistance to facilities seeking additional info or needing to apply for additional waivers.

Requests for Information

Please contact Critical Infrastructure Protection at with any questions, concerns, or additional information.

Links and Resources

Consolidated Medicare FFS Emergency Q&A’s

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