Alaska 1964 Earthquake in Pictures

These rare Alaska 1964 earthquake pictures, taken by several people, tell an amazing story of the destruction in Anchorage caused by this 9.2 Good Friday earthquake that lasted 5 minutes.


Pictures by Helen Bucy








These black and white photos taken by Helen Bucy of the destruction caused in Anchorage by the Alaska 1964 earthquake 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.















Seeing these homes gives us a closer look at what the residents of Turnagain went through. And, when you read the stories of the Great Alaskan Earthquake here on Anchorage Memories, you get just an idea of what it must have been like for those of us who survived.








Pictures by Diane S. Smith







Amazing scenes of buildings that were once home to residents of Anchorage. And a reminder of the incredible force generated by the 9.2 earthquake.







Alaska 1964 Earthquake - in 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








Pictures by Starr Judkins Lane







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.







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


Your Pictures

Do you have pictures you took of Anchorage following the 1964 Good Friday earthquake?

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 published here on Anchorage Memories, contact us right here and we'll tell you how (it's so easy).



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