21 March 2014

Remembering the '64 'Quake

The 9.2-magnitude earthquake that reshaped parts of southcentral Alaska left scars on those who survived ... and on Alaska itself.

Anchorage, near downtown

The Seward highway, south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula

The Four Seasons Apartments in Anchorage

Turnagain Heights, Anchorage

4th Avenue, downtown Anchorage

The waterfront on Kodiak Island


drjim said...

I remember the '64 quake quite well.

Years later, I met a guy who had been working up there at a NASA tracking station. He and one of his buddies had a day off, and were out riding dirt bikes. They stopped for a break, and his friend stated yelling to "LOOK AT THAT!", and he said they watched a wave come moving through the land at high speed, and just instinctively hit the dirt.

He said he'd never forget it as long as he lived.

Rev. Paul said...

Those were reported by a number of the survivors, Jim - most now can't quite believe it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, just, wow. I pray that never happens here in new england. Although teh 'tists are saying that we're loooong overdue. God help us.

Rev. Paul said...

I hope not, for your sake. It's definitely ungood.

drjim said...

Yep, large earthquakes are not fun to be in.

The biggest one that I've been in was the Northridge earthquake that happened when I was living in San Pedro.

San Pedro is right on the coast, and is a soil liquefaction area. The whole city just wobbled like a big bowl of Jell-o, but only had minor damage.

The poor people in Northridge didn't fare so well.....