27 March 2015

51 Years Ago

the Good Friday earthquake - a magnitude 9.2 - hit southcentral Alaska. People who were here then still turn pale when they remember it.

Alaska marks 51 years since Good Friday earthquake
when the neighborhood called "Turnagain-by-the-Sea" became "Turnagain IN the sea"

11 comments:

Jenny said...

Yikes!

... and Earthquake Park is amazing. Reminds me of photos of old WWI battlefields, with land all shredded to pieces then grown over.

Rev. Paul said...

That's a good comparison.

Chickenmom said...

Just can't believe it was that long ago. It was big news even here in Jersey. My BIL was the AF stationed in Alaska and he sent photos home.

Rev. Paul said...

Time certainly does move right along. I remember seeing pictures on the local news in St. Louis, too.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

If it happened today, it would be blamed on climate change.

Rev. Paul said...

Quite right, WSF. Sad, but true.

joated said...

I remember photos of downtown Anchorage where the first floor of buildings on one side of the street were suddenly basement level while the first floors across the street were looking into the second floor.

The changes over in Valdez--the entire town had to be moved!?!--were equally astounding.

Hard to imagine what it was like to live through something like that.

Cathy said...

Always enjoy the comment section.
Yes, it'd be blamed on global warming or gas exploration, today.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Oh boy, I have to say it......



Wait for it.......





It would be blamed on Bush!!!!

Rev. Paul said...

joated, that hole in 4th Avenue of which you speak is the modern-day site of the 4th Avenue Marketplace. I managed that building, among others, for four years. The largest earthquake exhibit in AK is inside.

Cathy & Sandy - yes, it would be blamed on a) global warming, b) oil exploration, and/or c) G.W. Bush, depending on which media outlet you watched.

joated said...

Paul, that building was one of the places Terry and I visited when e were there in 2010.