Great Alaskan Earthquake

Great Alaskan Earthquake stories and videos from survivors of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake that shook Alaska like no other.

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5:36pm, Good Friday, March 27th, 1964

It felt like it would never stop. And when it was over we learned that it was a magnitude 9.2 earthquake that had lasted 5 minutes. And it was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in north America.

139 people lost their lives, and the tsunamis that followed hit British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

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Many years have come and gone since that day, but for those of us who were there (both website creators were there), our stories of survival are still clear, strong memories.

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Imprinted Forever by the 1964 Earthquake 
I was 11 years old when the great “64” earthquake impacted my life. We lived in what my mom liked to call the cesspool, an apartment at 13th & Cordova. …

Mommy’s House Broken 
Our family was spared by the Grace of God! We lived in a single family house on a typical street in our neighborhood of "Turnagain By The Sea." …

A Teenager in Fairbanks During the 1964 Earthquake  
It was an overcast day in Fairbanks and business at the Piggly Wiggly Super Market was sparse, making for a slow and kind of boring shift. Around 5:30pm, …

Cordova and the Great Alaskan Earthquake 
I was a school teacher in Cordova for 8 years. The following is our families experience about the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. On Friday school got …

Great Alaskan Earthquake Survivor 
Get your FREE instant download of the ebook at the end of this post My older brother Norman and I were shopping downtown at JC Penney's Department …

I'll Never Forget 
I was 6 years old on that day. We lived on West 29th Place, which back then was a dead end street off of Spenard Road. Now days it's Benson Blvd …

The Fireball XL5 Great Alaska Earthquake Connection 
What does "Supermarionation" have to do with the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska? Right after the quake, one of the first questions all of us …

Shaking on Boniface Road 
We lived in a trailer court on Boniface road. It started as a dull roar and vibration as you expect when a jet flies over. This time the roar and vibration …

Home Alone 
The original… Home Alone I had turned 11 years old a couple weeks prior to the earthquake in March 1964. My brother was 15. We lived in a mobile …

Alaskan Earthquake - No Place to Hide 
Ground fissures were opening up all around me as the earth began to shake more violently than ever before. Suddenly, I knew I could die if I didn't somehow …

I Remember 64 
I was 11 years old in 1964 and living with my parents in the Turnagain By The Sea residential area on Captain Cook Blvd. It was a snowy day, grey …

The Big Alaska Earthquake - Part 2 
During the 1964 Good Friday Alaskan earthquake, the author, Linda A. Wingfield was living in Valdez, Alaska. This is Part 2 of her story - At some …

The Big Alaska Earthquake - Part 1 
I was 14 years old and we lived in Valdez when the earthquake happened. I'm now 66. Some of my memories are fuzzy, but I'll endeavor to keep things accurate. …

I was 13 and my Little Brother was 10 ... We Recall the Quake Vividly Not rated yet
I've been asked to give our memory of March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM. My brother and I have vivid recall. My name is Ron Dionne and my brother is Ross …

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It was my husband's birthday and I was cooking and had just placed his cake on the table. All of a sudden, things started shaking. The doors of our …

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Great Alaskan Earthquake

As you read the stories above that were written by the survivors of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, one of the first things you'll discover is the incredible variety of amazing things each one saw and experienced.

You'll also discover that for everyone, the earthquake did strange things with time. It rattle and shook time until it seemed like there was nothing but the earthquake. We were trapped in the seemingly never ending world of an earth that would not stop shaking us to our very core.

And you'll learn the many faces of terror -

The intense and profound shaking began as a cautious curiosity and quickly turned into a quest for survival as we tried desperately to just survive the incredible earthquake that would haunt us for the rest of our lives.

Would it Ever End?

To this day, most survivors will tell you that at some strange moment while the earth was shaking, buildings were crumbling, and there was no place to hide, it seemed as though it would never stop. That it would go on and on until the earth was but a memory.

Can you imagine what that must have felt like?

The stories you'll read when you scroll up this page will give you a special look into this amazing event as you experience the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake through the eyes of the survivors.

To learn more, visit the Anchorage Museum website.

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