Video shows JBER swimming pool turn to jello as earthquake strikes

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Video released by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Friday shows the moment the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck from multiple vantage points captured by surveillance cameras at a swimming pool on base.

Image Courtesy JBER

JBER officials on Friday took media on a tour of damage incurred on base during the earthquake a week ago. In the swimming pool room, ceiling panels were missing, and floor near the emptied pool was still littered with debris.

Col. Michael Staples, Commander of the 673d Civil Engineer Group, says the first two things chain of command did after the earthquake struck was to stand up the Emergency Operations Center and the Civil Engineering Center.

"As the leader of the civil engineer group on the base, I can definitely tell you that we sprung into immediate action," Staples said. "Lights went dark, water lines ruptured, heating systems ruptured as well, and so we knew there was going to be a lot of activity to get the mission back up and running."

Staples said the earthquake caused multiple problems around the base, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler heating systems.

Multimedia journalist Shawn Wilson contributed to this story.