To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, the Riskland exhibition looks at this devastating event scientifically and historically, including the reconstruction efforts that followed and Alaskans' earthquake preparedness today.

Most Alaskans choose to live in the region that accounts for more than 50 percent of the nation's earthquakes. Our relationship with earthquakes is a complex mixture of fear, respect and admiration of nature's power, which can't be predicted or challenged, but can be met with the spirit of perseverance so cherished in the Last Frontier.

On March 27, 1964, that spirit was tested by the earthquake that remains the second largest seismic event recorded in world history. The earthquake measured at a magnitude of 9.2 and lasted nearly 5 minutes.

The exhibition features historical images, video and audio of the earthquake and its aftermath, including many compelling firsthand accounts from survivors such as Nancy Sadusky of Seward: “We had one girl. She was eight at the time and she was really terrified. She got down by the road and she started hitting the road and she kept saying, ‘Stop road, stop!' because the road was actually going up and down.”

Interactive multimedia displays include real-time streaming data from earthquakes occurring around the world and practical information about earthquake preparedness.

This exhibition is an official program of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration


Riskland Resource Guide
Prepare For Earthquakes
Anchorage Library resources
Atwood Resource Center 1964 Earthquake Resource Guide
Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964


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