alaskan earthquake (Communities - News & Events)

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alaskan earthquake


It was March 27, 1964, a Good Friday, when at 5:36 pm (Alaska time) an earthquake of magnitude 9.2, and a subsequent tsunami, claimed the lives of more than a hundred people. It was one of the most powerful ever recorded in the whole world. The epicenter of the quake was 6 miles from the Prince William fjord, 50 miles west of Valdez, and just 75 miles east of the city of Anchorage. The hypocenter of the earthquake, location within the ground, was 14 miles deep. The ground motion lasted 4 and a half minutes. The alaskan earthquake, as it is known today, killed 15 people, while the subsequent tsunami caused 124 more deaths, generating a total of 139 deaths; although different sources differ in the number of victims, ranging from 131 to 143.

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