Why the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake matters 50 years later

Seismological Research Letters
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Spring was returning to Alaska on Friday 27 March 1964. A two‐week cold snap had just ended, and people were getting ready for the Easter weekend. At 5:36 p.m., an earthquake initiated 12 km beneath Prince William Sound, near the eastern end of what is now recognized as the Alaska‐Aleutian subduction zone. No one was expecting this earthquake that would radically alter the coastal landscape, influence the direction of science, and indelibly mark the growth of a burgeoning state.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Why the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake matters 50 years later
Series title Seismological Research Letters
DOI 10.1785/0220140020
Volume 85
Issue 2
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Seismological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Geology Minerals
Description 7 p.
First page 245
Last page 251
Country United States
State Alaska
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