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50th Anniversary of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake
 


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.


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Image of earthquake lecture series summer 2014
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Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake


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Updated Version: 1964 Alaska M9 Earthquake Causes


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A map of current earthquakes around the world


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Related Pages:

- Anchorage Museum Earthquake Exhibit -

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.

USGS.gov| The Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami of March 27, 1964

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library




 
The crisp peak of an orange sand dune stretches into the distance. The sky is bright blue with white, wispy clouds. 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.