Alaska and Earthquakes

In light of yesterday’s earthquake I am sharing again our experiences in Alaska when I flew Phantoms there with the 43rd TFS

An American Family

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the great 1964 earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska.

Many folks in Anchorage called it the Good Friday Quake because it hit the city on March 27,  1964.

It lasted three minutes and was the most powerful earthquake to hit the North American Continent registering 9.2 on the Ricter Scale.  Most of downtown Anchorage was heavily damaged.  One side of 4th avenue dropped about 20 feet,  and a large portion of the city simply slipped into the Cook Inlet.   That area was afterward called “Earthquake Park.”

When visitors would come to Anchorage, we always made a point of showing them 4th avenue and Earthquake Park.   They were the most visible reminders of the terrible damage that the quake had done to the city.

The view of the city from Earthquake Park in 1974, where many homes slipped ino the Cook Inlet. The view of the city from Earthquake Park in 1974, where many homes slipped ino the Cook Inlet.

Ten years…

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About jenorv

John E. Norvell is a retired Air Force Lt Colonel, decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and former Assistant Professor of American and Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has written freelance for the Washington Post, the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, and for several newspapers around the country.
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