Alaskans Marking 1964 Earthquake Anniversary

On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., Alaska experienced the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history and the second-largest earthquake recorded worldwide, with a magnitude of 9.2. The quake and subsequent tsunamis in Alaska, Oregon, and California killed 139 people and caused widespread property damage.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proclaimed March 27 as 1964 Alaskan Earthquake Remembrance Day and has ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff. His proclamation asks Alaskans to properly observe the occasion, take time to educate themselves and their families on earthquake safety procedures, and participate in commemorative events in emergency response activities in their communities during the day.

On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., Alaska experienced the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history and the second-largest earthquake recorded worldwide, with a magnitude of 9.2. The quake and subsequent tsunamis in Alaska, Oregon, and California killed 139 people and caused widespread property damage.

President Lyndon Johnson declared all of Alaska a major disaster area, and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard sent ships and troops to isolated coastal communities, bringing much-needed food and relief supplies, according to his proclamation, which says the earthquake "reminds us to appreciate and acknowledge the sacrifice and service of the first responders, military members, and volunteers who gave their time, energy, and even their lives to aid their fellow Alaskans."

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