Hometown, Alaska: Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Alaska

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.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth, independent journalist



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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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