ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A state health laboratory was damaged in earthquake size 7.0, which hit southern central Alaska, delaying researchers' ability to test for tuberculosis, botulism and other dangerous diseases.
The Anchorage Daily News reports on November 30 that the earthquake has been damaged 13 by the anchorage's secure test room, forcing staff to send bacterial samples to laboratories in California and Washington.
Chemical resistant walls made of fiberglass layers cracked during the earthquake.
Bernd Jilly, head of Alaska State Public Health Laboratories, says specialized walls help protect lab scientists from becoming infected while conducting tests.
Jilly says the rooms are being sterilized and it is uncertain when the approximately $ 200,000 in repairs will be made.
He says the delay delays do not constitute an "acute danger" to public health.
Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com