Saturday, September 17, 2016

Seward Alaska and the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake

Seward, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula is the southern terminus of the Alaska railroad and one of the stops in the Western Alaska Marine Highway System.  This picture shows Main Street, rebuilt after the 1964 tidal wave.

Color Photo by Reggie Hibshman
Color by Mike Roberts

This postcard is postmarked in 1968.

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The 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27.  Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths.

Lasting four minutes and thirty-eight seconds, the magnitude 9.2 megathrust earthquake was the most powerful recorded in North American history, and the second most powerful recorded in world history.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt 
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