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Friday, March 27, 1964. :   An earthquake of magnitude 9.2 strikes Alaska, killing 125.

     Alaska is the northernmost state of the United States, bordered by Canada to the east, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Bering Sea to the west, and the Arctic Ocean to the north. It was also the scene of the most powerful earthquake in US and North American history.

At 5:36pm Alaska Standard Time on 27 March 1964, a fault between the Pacific and North American plates ruptured near College Fjord in Prince William Sound. With a magnitude of 9.2, the quake lasted for three to five minutes in most areas, generating huge tsunamis that swept down upon the Alaskan coast. The earthquake affected some 250,000 kmē of the state: much damage was caused by liquefaction, creating landslides, huge fissures and vertical displacement of up to 11.5m in some areas. 131 people were killed as a result of the earthquake: nine in the earthquake itself, 106 from tsunamis in Alaska, and 16 from tsunamis elsewhere. Property damage was estimated at over $300 million (1964 dollars), the equivalent of $1.8 billion in 2005 US dollars.


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Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
Romans 12:21 (c) GNB
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