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52 years later: 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

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 Cinnamon    24,899

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have solved a 50-year natural science mystery: the undersea source of tsunami waves that devastated a remote Alaska village following the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake.

Underwater landslides at depths of 820 to 1,150 feet — much deeper than caused tsunamis affecting other communities — sent killing waves toward the Prince William Sound community of Chenega, where 23 of 75 residents died and all but two buildings were destroyed.

The villagers had little time to get to high ground. The epicenter of the magnitude 9.2 quake, which shook Alaska for four and a half minutes, was about 56 miles away. Deadly waves hit Chenega four minutes later.

Nine people died in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, from the quake, the second largest in recorded history.


 4 and a half minutes! That must have seemed like forever to those poor people.  If that ever happened in a highly populated area, everything would be destroyed and the loss of life would be enormous.  Fingers crossed none of us ever have to go through something like this. 

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