The 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami
On March 27th, Good Friday, 1964 at 5:36pm (Alaska Standard time), an earthquake with a (moment) Magnitude of 9.2 on the Richter scale shook the world. It was later reported to have measured from an 8.4 to 8.6 on the Richter scale. It lasted 4 minutes and triggered a series of tsunamis and 20 aftershocks, some over 6.0 on the Richter scale that came and went for three weeks. It devastated the shoreline of the Kodiak Archipelagos. The earthquakes epicenter was located in the Prince William Sound and felt all around the world. The depth was approximately 14 miles within the earth's crust. It is the second largest earthquake ever recorded. The tsunami’s nearly destroyed all the Alutiiq villages and caused several to relocate. To learn more about the devestation it caused in each of our communities, you can read about it in the community articles.
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