“You have been hit by a ‘big one,’” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you.”
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she and her family were safe after the temblor in a Twitter post.
“Our family is intact -- house is not... I imagine that’s the case for many, many others,” she wrote. “So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.”
People took to social media to share images and videos of damage left by the quake.
Check back for updates to this developing story.