Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

1964 Earthquake

1964 Earthquake

 

Seward Community Library

5:36– March 27, 1964. This was the most transformable five minutes in the history of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula. As a result of the shaking and tsunamis, ports were destroyed or landlocked, bridges were crumpled, and basic economic infrastructures were leveled. What we see today is a result of the rebuilding of the Eastern Kenai following the Great Alaska Earthquake.

PORTAGE

This is Now and That Was Then:  Episode: 12    Relevance: ***

When the earthquake struck, young Tom Gillepsie had to jump over cravasses, dodge curtains of mud being squeezed into the air, and endure the difficulties of living in a damaged town cut-off from the rest of the world.

RESTLESS EARTH

Trails Across Time: pg 14-15    Relevance: ***

Details the effects and aftermath of the earthquake that was felt at various locations around Eastern Kenai.

PRIMROSE BRIDGE

Exploring the Corridor:  18    Relevance: ***

After 50 years, signs of the 1964 Earthquake are difficult to find. Look for evidence of the massive Snow River bridge that collapsed severing travel between Moose Pass and Seward.

SEWARD, ALASKA– MARCH 27,1964

Exploring the Corridor: 22
Relevance: ***

Visiting Seward, it’s hard to believe that the community was nearly destroyed by the 1964 Earthquake. Students engage on a walking tour of Seward using photographs to compare how the earthquake changed the town.

NIGHT PATROL

The Spaces Between: pg 214-222    Relevance: ***

This story details the 1964 Earthquake through trooper Mike Murphy’s perspective. Trooper Murphy spent the entire night of March 27th working through the broken roads, collapsed bridges, and avalanches to make it to his assignment in Seward.

ALASKA DIGITAL ARCHIVES

Relevance: ***

Photos: Provides primary source images of the 1964 Earthquake in Seward

ALASKA.ORG

Relevance: ***

Video footage (1:41 min) of various aspects of the earthquake as well as a narrative of the event.

USGS SITE

Relevance: ***

Videos: Website full of 1964 Earthquake links including scientific background, maps, and videos.