WHEN?1964 and Began at approximately 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27.
LENGTHThis earthquake lasted nearly 4 whole minutes and killed approximately 131 people.At a magnitude of 9.2 it is the second largest earthquake ever recorded on Earth just behind Chile’s earthquake at a magnitude of 9.5.
DAMAGEMost of the damage occurred within the area of Anchorage, 75 miles from the epicenter.The 60-foot tall control tower at Anchorage International Airport could not brave seismic activity.
ELSEWHERE IN THE STATEMost towns near the Prince William Sound, Kenai Peninsula, and Kodiak Island areas, especially the major ports of Seward, Whittier and Kodiak were strongly effected by a combination of seismic activity, subsidence, aftermath tsunamis and earthquake-caused fires.
CANADA• A 4.5 ft (1.4 m) tsunami wave reached Prince Rupert, British Columbia, just south of the Alaska Panhandle, just three hours after the earthquake.
CALIFORNIATwelve people were killed by the tsunami in or near Crescent City, California, while four children were killed on the Oregon coast at Beverly Beach State Park. Other towns along the US Pacific Northwest and Hawaii were damaged. Some Damage to boats reached as far as Los Angeles.
AFTERMATHThere were thousands of aftershocks for three weeks. In the first day alone, 11 major aftershocks were recorded with a magnitude greater than 6.2. 9 more occurred over the next three weeks. It was not until more than a year later that the aftershocks stopped.
IN CONCLUSION• This earthquake was the 2nd worst earthquake ever recorded on earth.• It killed nearly 150 people.• It destroyed many businesses and houses.• One of the worst recorded natural disasters in the U.S.