Remembering 1964

The Great Alaskan Earthquake, or Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 occurred on March 27 at 5:36 p.m.  and caused 139 known deaths. The earthquake was just 16 miles deep and caused  approximately $311 million in damage. With a magnitude of 9.2, it was the most powerful in North American history and the second most powerful recorded in world history. Included in this collective memory are words from Doug Markussen, Sylvia Butcher, Alison Lausten and Ray Brudie.


Sylvia Butcher holds one of the last dishes she received as a wedding present. All but a few broke during Alaska’s 1964 earthquake, which had a magnitude of 9.2 and is the second largest earthquake ever recorded.
“It looked like the road was made out of water. I couldn’t fall down, but I couldn’t really stand up either,” Doug Markussen says about his experience during Alaska’s 1964 earthquake.
Alison Lausten was 6 years old during Alaska’s 1964 earthquake. Although she has memories of the ground breaking apart beneath her, she remembers being very concerned about the snowman she had just made with a friend.
Ray Brudie was 8 years old during the 1964 earthquake. Brudie remembers a low frequency noise that he claims he’s developed a sensitivity to and can now hear before another quake hits.


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