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March 22, 2016 - Alaska Earthquake Anniversary

Alaska Earthquake Anniversary
Navy Aerial Project
June 27, 1953
Alaska Earthquake Anniversary
USGA Aerial Project
August 11, 1972
Alaska Earthquake Anniversary
Alaska Earthquake Anniversary
Alaska Earthquake Anniversary
June 27, 1953 August 11, 1972
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On March 27, 52 years ago, the largest earthquake in U.S. history struck Alaska. Tsunamis and landslides swept Anchorage neighborhoods into Cook Inlet. Aerial photographs captured the quake’s dramatic impact. In the 1953 image, the Turnagain neighborhood west of the city’s downtown area is only beginning to emerge from the trees along the inlet. Eight years after the disaster, in 1972, the wooded shoreline has vanished, the bluffs now submerged in a sediment band. See the USGS EarthExplorer Web site for millions more aerial photographs in the EROS Center archive.