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The earth did quake - Earthquake park - Anchorage, AK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 61° 11.912 W 149° 58.810
6V E 339860 N 6788551
Quick Description: This marker is located in Earthquake Park located on W Northern Lights Blvd. It is also accessible from the Tony Knowles Bicycle Trail.
Location: Alaska, United States
Date Posted: 9/11/2013 2:00:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ26E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Megadrile
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Long Description:


“And, behold … The earth did quake and the rocks rent;”
Matthew 27:51
A description of the first Good Friday


The gruesome dance of the earth finally stopped, leaving much of downtown Anchorage in ruins.
In four minutes of violent shaking, many buildings, roads, and waterfront structures were destroyed. On 4th Avenue, Anchorages Main Street, commercial buildings and pavement dropped as much is 15 feet. Some multi-story structures were able to withstand the longer duration of shaking, while others crumpled and crashed to the ground.

The weekend following the earthquake was punctuated by 55 strong aftershocks (some over 5.0 on the Richter scale) which Anchorage’s residence on edge. Despite massive property damage, only nine people perished in Anchorage. The time of day, moderate winter temperatures, and lack of subsequent fires kept the loss of life low.

The Destruction of the Alaska Railroad
In 1964, the Alaskan Railroad dominated the state’s transportation. Completed in 1922, the 470 mile railroad connected the vital south-central ports of Seward and Whittier with Anchorage in the interior. Through these ports passed the waterborne freight that supported most of Alaska.

In four minutes, the Good Friday Quake changed the future of the Alaskan Railroad forever. Over 200 miles of railroad tracks were warped and twisted. 125 bridges and 110 culverts were read repeatedly pounded and crushed. One Hundred miles of rail bed were destroyed and 225 pieces of rolling stock were lost.

The railroad/port facilities in Seward were visited by the most destructive powers of the earthquake. Those parts of the railroad and waterfront dock not carried to sea by under waterslides, were demolished by oil fires in subsequent tsunamis. A grim monument to the earthquake’s amazing power that remained was a 60-ton locomotive engine that had fused with two freight cars.


More Information:
You Tube video: Great Alaskan earthquake of 1964
AEIC: Alaska Earthquake Information Center - The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964
ASK - 1964 Alaska earthquake
Wikipedia - 1964 Alaska earthquake
Wikipedia - Megathrust earthquake
Wikipedia - Slump (geology)
Wikipedia - Tsunami
USGS - The Richter Magnitude Scale
Wikipedia - Cook Inlet
Marker Name: And, behold … The earth did quake and the rocks rent;

Marker Type: Roadside

Addtional Information:
The Great Alaskan Earthquake occurred on Good Friday, March 27, 1964 at 5:36 P.M. AST. It was a 9.2 megathrust earthquake. The earthquake also caused a destructive tsunami. "Various sources indicate that about 131 people died as a result of the earthquake: nine as a result of earthquake itself, 106 from subsequent tsunamis in Alaska and 16 from tsunamis in Oregon and California. Property damage was estimated at over $310 million ($2.22 billion in current U.S. dollars)." Source: Ask: 1964 Alaska earthquake http://www.ask.com/wiki/1964_Alaska_earthquake?o=2801&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn&ap=ask.com


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