Stay away from the Seward Highway water spout due to falling rocks, DOT says

Published: Dec. 4, 2018 at 1:06 AM AKST
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The water spout on the Seward Highway has been closed off to pedestrians due to rockfall dislodged by Friday’s earthquake.

Shannon McCarthy, spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation, says she received a call Sunday night about a woman who had been hit by rocks dislodged by an aftershock.

“She stopped at the water spout to get some water and it was during one of the aftershocks,” McCarthy said. “And rocks started coming down on her. So we just cannot emphasize enough that that is a very unstable area.”

McCarthy says the woman did not sustain serious injuries.

DOT sees this as a reminder that Anchorage is still feeling the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, according to the USGS.

“We don’t want people to travel there if they don’t have to,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy says DOT crews have been moving all fallen rock off the highway and into the ditch — a mess for another day.