On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m. The second strongest earthquake in recorded history hit Alaska. The earthquake and ensuing tsunami took 128 lives (tsunami 113, earthquake 15), and caused approximately $311 million in property damages. Duration of the shock was estimated at 4 minutes.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, this exhibition looks at this devastating event, the reconstruction efforts that followed, and our earthquake preparedness today. Highlights include videos chronicling earthquake survivors’ personal accounts of the disaster. Exhibition also includes hands-on activities and historical photographs and artifacts from the Anchorage Museum collection.
Did You Know? The Kobuk Valley National Park is the only place in Alaska with sand dunes. The three clusters of sand dunes, The Great Kobuk, Little Kobuk, and Hunt River, cover 25 square miles and constitute the largest active sand dunes within arctic latitudes.