I'll Never Forget

by Howard Bolam

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.

As I'm writing this, it's Benson Blvd. south of Safeway, REI etc. Family friends were visiting and there were 4 of us kids playing in one of the back bedrooms.

I came out to tell on my sister for some reason and passed a large houseplant that seemed to be vibrating. I was trying to get my mother's attention about the plant, but was being ignored by all four of the adults.

Then the shaking started, pretty light at first.

One of the adults said, “oh, we're going to have an earthquake” like it was no big deal. By the time the other 3 kids made it to the dining room, the 1964 Alaska earthquake was going pretty strong.

The cabinets were emptied as the house rolled up and down, like a boat in 15 foot swells. All 9 of us (little sister was 6 months old) clung to each other in the doorway between the dining room and the living room.

It lasted a long time.

Later, I remember having to go to bed that night and having aftershocks in the 6s and 7s, melting snow on the Coleman stove for water, eating C rations, putting chlorinated water in plastic jugs and lining up for our shots.

The next day, Dad and I went downtown to check on my Grandmother who lived in my Dad's childhood home at G St. between 7th and 8th avenues. I remember seeing some buildings that had fallen down, but we didn't go near 4th Ave.

Surprisingly, there was little damage to our house, we had an oil heating system and the chimney fell. That was it.

I live in Florida now, and I don't do earthquakes.


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I was on 32nd Between Spenard and Minnisota.
by: Tom Bush

I was trying to watch fireball XL5, mom was telling me to sit down for dinner, when our dog started to try and hide under the furniture.

Mom said that dog done lost its mind!

The TV went out, and so I set down at the table just as my dinner plate and everything in the house flew to one side of the room and then the other.

I crawled to the living room window and saw buildings going up and building going down, trees and poles were going back and forth almost slapping the ground, and the land looked like an ocean, with huge seismic waves coming at us.

I thought Dad's ford station wagon was going to come through the front of the house. It was rolling back and forth 30-40 feet in our driveway.

by: Anonymous

You lived close to us; we were on 32nd between Minnesota & Spenard.

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