On March 27, 1964, California geologist George Plafker was attending a research conference in Seattle when news came of a big earthquake in Alaska.
“It was almost quitting time for the day at the meeting when some guys came back from the Space Needle and said they felt rocking,” Plafker said recently at his office in Menlo Park, Calif. “We said, ‘That’s a serious earthquake.’”
|Iconic photograph of Anchorage's 4th Avenue - this is the block where I used to work, |
and where the Iditarod is now run.
This is what the stretch of 4th Avenue looks like, today:
|The long, gray-ish building on the right is located on top of where that hole appeared in '64. The crosswalk shown, in front of the yellow building (the "Sunshine Plaza") at the center is the starting line for the Iditarod, now.|
The linked article at the top is that geologist's recollections; there are many more such stories about communities destroyed by the resulting tsunami, as well as those killed in Alaska and California.