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Stop taking selfies in front of earthquake-ruptured Vine Road in Wasilla, troopers say

 Damage on Vine Road following the 7.0 magnitude quake. Photo courtesy of Ivan Fonova.
Damage on Vine Road following the 7.0 magnitude quake. Photo courtesy of Ivan Fonova. (KTUU)
Published: Dec. 4, 2018 at 9:35 AM AKST
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On Friday, November 30, much of the beautiful scenery Alaska is well known for, along with the man-made infrastructure that runs through it, was disturbed.

In some places, like the area of Vine Road in Wasilla, that disturbance included a massive, churning destruction that shattered asphalt roads like so many shards of glass.

While this, too, is a unique visual composition, authorities in Alaska working on repairing the damage are now asking area residents to resist the temptation of trying to capture the spectacle by taking selfies in front of it.

In a message posted by Megan Peters with the Alaska State Troopers office, public safety and transportation officials are requesting that Alaskans avoid the area of Vine Road in Wasilla, damaged by the 7.0 magnitude quake last week.

"While it’s tempting to take selfies and explore, doing so is unsafe and inhibits the ability of officials to address the situation," AST said in a dispatch report. "Construction work has begun, and heavy equipment is being brought into the area to facilitate repairs."

In addition to getting in the way of construction crews, troopers also noted that the ground itself is unstable, and poses a risk due to aftershocks causing additional movement.