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Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

March 27, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the strongest earthquake to strike the United States. This 9.2. magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunamis it generated affected areas from Alaska down through the west coast of Canada and the United States, all the way to the Hawaiian Islands.

Damage in Anchorage, Alaska after the violent 9.2. earthquake devastated the city 50 years ago today. (USGS)

Chaotic condition of the commercial section of the city of Kodiak following inundation by seismic sea waves. The small- boat harbor, which was in left background, contained an estimated 160 crab and salmon fishing boats when the waves struck. Tsunamis washed many vessels into the heart of Kodiak. Photo by U.S. Navy, March 30, 1964.

For more information about this powerful natural event, visit: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/events/alaska1964/

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