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Important Alaska highway near Anchorage closed by rockslide

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Officials say a major highway south of Alaska’s largest city, is blocked by a rockslide that includes mud and other debris.

State transportation department spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said Monday there were no reports of injuries after the pre-dawn slide.

It forced the closure of the Seward Highway near the community of Indian, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Anchorage.

McCarthy says the Alaska State Troopers reported the slide at about 5:50 pm

She says that the slide is still “somewhat active,” but crews planned to begin clearing the edges, while the department carries out consultation with the geologists.

The slide is about four feet (1.2 metres deep and covers about 75 feet (22 metres) of the roadway.

The Seward Highway is 125 miles (201 km) long and has a breathtaking landscape.

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