Alaska Earthquake, March 27, 1964. Photo from U.S. Geological
Survey Photographic Library
The tragic disaster in Japan has reminded Alaskans that the one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded happened right here in 1964, with a tsunami that destroyed towns and villages over a vast stretch of coastline. Learn about the science of our vulnerability, and what we need to do to prepare, both to keep safe and to recover quickly.
On the next Hometown, Alaska, Charles Wohlforth will host experts on earthquakes and tsunamis, to learn about the risks for Alaskans, and how we can be prepared. The 1964 quake that devastated southcentral Alaska was even stronger that the recent Japan earthquake, although the loss of life was much less. What would it be like if that happened today, and what should we be ready for? That’s Wednesday at 2, repeating at 7.
- News From the National Academies: U.S. Earthquake Resilience Needs Strengthening, Says New Report (30 March 2011)
- West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
- Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission
- Alaska Earthquake Information Center at the UAF Geophysical Institute
- Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Management
HOST: Charles Wohlforth, independent journalist
- Jack Roderick, former Anchorage Borough Mayor, 1964 Earthquake survivor
- Paul Whitmore, director, West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
- John Madden, director, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- John Aho, chairman, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission
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LIVE: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
REPEAT: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
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