Here in the 49th state, we are coming up on the 49th anniversary of the largest earthquake to ever hit the North American continent. I'm speaking of the Great Alaskan Quake, which struck at 5:36 p.m. on March 27th, 1964. With an epicenter located below the Prince William Sound, it measured 9.2 on the Richter scale and lasted over four minutes. At the time, it was the second largest earthquake in recorded history, as measured by seismograph. I was 4 and 1/2 years old. We lived in Anchorage, in Old Turnagain (Turnagain by the Sea), and the neighborhood behind us was lost in the landslide. That's my house in the upper right corner of the photo to the left. My mom still lives in it today.
Like many, many other great places to travel, our beautiful Alaska is earthquake country. It’s a fact that can’t be ignored. Small earthquakes occur here every day and usually go un-noticed. Could a big 1964 style earthquake happen again? It’s not likely, but yes, it could. In the event that a larger quake (as in, one that gets your attention) does occur, it is wise to know the general safety rules to help keep you as safe as possible, during and after. I thought I’d share them with you. Because knowledge is power and being prepared is good.
So here you go. Widely known general guidelines (culled from various credible emergency preparedness websites) include:
During the earthquake:
After the earthquake:
Check for casualties/injuries, attend to injuries, and seek assistance if needed. Help ensure the safety of people around you.
Marilyn Walsh Morgan