Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remembering the March 27, 1964 Earthquake and Tsunami

Kodiak schoolhouse and grounded vessels, March 1964.
Photo courtesy Deedie Pearson
 In the next two weeks, we'll be posting photos, maps, and audio files to mark the 50th anniversary of the March 27th 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake. The earthquake was the second largest in seismically recorded history, with a 9.2 magnitude, but it was the tsunamis following the quake which devastated Kodiak. Ten seismically generated sea waves swept into the downtown business district, smashing buildings and leaving fishing boats high and dry in the wreckage. In future posts we'll document some of the stories which resulted from this event. Stay tuned!