Alaska 1964 Earthquake Pictures - rare photos tell the incredible story of the destruction in Anchorage caused by the 9.2 quake that lasted 5 minutes.


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Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures

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The amazing and pictures you are about to see,

are of Anchorage, Alaska following the 1964 Good Friday earthquake

and were submitted by website visitors

See below for how to submit your photos




1964 Earthquake Sounds


Click on the link below to hear the sounds of the 1964 Alaska earthquake

while you scroll down this page and look at the pictures.




The audio above was recorded by Robert Pate of KHAR radio in Anchorage.

This was recorded on Blueberry Road near the northeast corner of Northern Lights Blvd.




The following Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures are from Donald Cutler


1964 Alaska earthquake

Buildings moved off their foundations left and right. Buildings were torn apart, compressed and strong I-beams were twisted into what more closely resembled red licorice candy vines.

The power of this quake was unimaginable. And even those of us Alaskans who experienced it, will never be able to forget the memories that haunt us to this day.


These photos were taken by Donald Cutler's mother following the 64' quake


Downtown earthquake destruction was everywhere

A section of town in the photo above, where broken parking lots and an abandoned car form a haunting picture.


unrecognizable damage from the 64 earthquake

Just unrecognizable destruction in the picture above. Clean up was a tough job.



Helen Bucy took the pictures you'll see next


Club Paris and Rexall Drugs after the earthquake

across from the JC Penney building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska


Damage of the Club Paris bar and the Rexall Drug Store in 1964 after the Anchorage earthquake

The picture above shows the huge concrete slabs that fell off the outside walls of the JC Penney building in down town anchorage, crushing cars below and trapping people inside.

And, embedded in those concrete slabs were decorative pebbles that shook loose and showered the street, people and cars below like hail falling from the sky.


Car sitting on top of earthquake damage 1964 Anchorage, Alaska


These black and white Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures by Helen Bucy have an almost haunting quality about them.

It seems that no matter how many pictures and videos of the earthquake we see over the years, we can still be amazed by the sheer force of nature as captured by those who experienced that Good Friday earthquake.



The Turnagain area of Anchorage, after the 1964 Good Friday earthquake


House after Good Friday earthquake, Anchorage

Homes were pulled from their foundations and many in the Anchorage area known as Turnagain, slid toward the waters of Cook Inlet before coming to rest.

As you can see from these pictures, the powerful quake left a lot of these homes sitting on broken chunks of land with trees sticking out sideways. Some homes were left above the dirt, some under and some torn apart.


Anchorage earthquake damage

Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures like the one above, remind us of just how destructive the Good Friday quake was to the people of Anchorage who saw their homes torn apart. In most cases, while they were in their homes.


JC Penney Building after the quake


JC Penney Building after the Good Friday earthquake

Imagine the horror of being inside the building pictured above as it came crashing down on the sidewalk below.


The book below was written by a then teenage girl named Mary who was in the JC Penney building when the quake struck and the book is her story of survival. A short, must read.



Great Alaskan Earthquake Survivor, by Mary J Dougherty

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Earthquake damaged home

Only the top of the log home above remained after the earth finally stopped shaking.


Home torn in half by the 1964 Alaska earthquake


Seeing these homes gives us a closer look at what the residents of Turnagain went through. The home above was torn in half.


Read the stories of the Great Alaskan Earthquake here on Anchorage Memories

and you'll get just an idea of what it must have been like for those of us who survived.




Incredible damage to homes in the Great Alaskan 1964 quake

Once two homes, during the 1964 earthquake they were smashed together.


This home was pulled destroyed in the 64 quake

A home torn from it's drive way. Or was it a drive way torn from the home? Incredible destruction.


Downtown Anchorage


Downtown stores destroyed

Alaskans who lived through this tragic earthquake, still remember many of the businesses that were destroyed by the powerful force of this 5 minute shaker.

And these Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures are an amazing reminder.


Fourth Avenue in Anchorage


Downtown Anchorage, Alaska's 4th Avenue


Unless you lived through this quake, it's hard to imagine the horrific impact of seeing your town destroyed like this.

There were so many shops, restaurants and fun places to go window shopping that were simply gone when the earth finally stopped shaking.


The following Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures were taken by Diane S. Smith


Homes in Anchorage following the 64 quake

As you look at these pictures, it's hard to imagine that before the 1964 earthquake, this was an Anchorage neighborhood.

After the earth stopped shaking, these homes looked more like they were just "dumped" near a sidewalk and left.


Homes damaged in Anchorage, Alaska during the Good Friday quake


Amazing scenes of buildings that were once home to residents of Anchorage.

And these Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures are a reminder of the incredible force generated by the 9.2 earthquake.



Another neighborhood torn apart during the Great Alaska quake

Destruction was everywhere, and so many homes were destroyed.


The Four Seasons apartment building

was still under construction when the quake struck


Four Seasons building destroyed during construction in 1964

Nothing remained but the elevator shaft in the building above.




Alaska 1964 Earthquake Pictures

These color pictures by Diane S. Smith of the destruction in and around Anchorage, caused by the Good Friday earthquake, are a look we don't often see.


Homes pushed from their foundations, businesses completely destroyed, lives forever changed.


Check out these Great Alaskan Earthquake stories



The Book Cache, downtown


The downtown Book Cache after the 1964 quake

Many of our favorite stores and shops were so badly damaged, that parts of Anchorage looked like a strange ghost town.


Destroyed homes in Anchorage after the 64 quake

Homes and yards left shattered



The following pictures were taken by Starr Judkins Lane

Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage


Anchorage, Alaska in 1964

The banner over 4th Avenue in Anchorage was there to promote a play called "Our Town".

After the quake, the banner became a strange reminder that it was our town.


1964 Alaska earthquake destruction in Anchorage


Over the years, we've seen a number of photographs taken of the damage and destruction on 4th Avenue in Anchorage following the 1964 earthquake, but these pictures by Starr Judkins Lane give us a different look.


After our 5 minute earthquake had ended, those strong, hard after shocks continued - and "Our Town" would never be the same.



The original Denali Theater on 4th Avenue

the marquee was saved and later used at the new Spenard location


Original Denali Theater after the 64 quake in Anchorage

Like many buildings in certain parts of Anchorage's 4th Avenue, the Denali Theater pictured above, ended up lower than the sidewalk in front of it.

Liquefaction, the process where normally solid ground, turns into a kind of liquid when it's put under stress, caused buildings in down town Anchorage to slide off their foundations.


Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska


Amazing destruction on 4th Avenue in Anchorage


Long before it's Spenard location, Anchorage's Denali Theater was located in downtown Anchorage on 4th Avenue.


And as you can see by the 2 pictures above - during that powerful earthquake, the theater sunk all the way down to it's Marquee

A sad sight for those of us who had so many fun memories of seeing so movies in that famed theater downtown.



How to Submit Your Pictures


Do you have Alaska 1964 earthquake Pictures?


If you do, we would love to include them on this page. And we are happy to include your name as the photographer.


To have your pictures included on Anchorage Memories, contact us right here (it's so easy).


A Personal Note

Both Mary and I (Mike) of Anchorage Memories are survivors of the 64' earthquake. And these Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures so vividly portray the events of that Good Friday.

And while my experience was terrifying and one that I will never forget, Mary is blessed to have survived her horrifying ordeal.

For both of us, like many of you, it's sometimes hard to look at the pictures you've just seen above, but a necessary reminder for not only those of us who survived that never-to-be-forgotten Good Friday, but for those who did not experience this profound and powerful quake.

So, with tear filled eyes, I say this - we hope and pray that no one ever has to experience a 9.2 earthquake and live with it for the rest of their lives like Mary and I and so many of you have.

Thank you

Mary and Mike


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