The 1964 Good Friday Great Alaskan Earthquake
was not an isolated event.
Many earthquakes have occured in Alaska in the past, and continue to occur today.
Three of these earthquakes have caused tsunamis that resulted in death and destruction all over the Pacific Ocean.(5)
Even though Hawaii is 2,200 miles to the southwest of the Alaskan Plate boundary where these earthquakes occur, is has been especially hard hit.(4)
Where The Earthquake Started
Where did the Tsunami Hit?
Amount of Tsunami Run Up
|May 17, 1841||Kamchatka||Hilo, Hawaii||5 meters||N/A|
|February 3, 1923||Kamchatka||Walakea, Hawaii||5 meters||N/A|
|April 1, 1946||Aleutian Islands||Wainaku, Hawaii||10 meters||159 deaths in Hawaii
5 deaths in Alaska
|November 4, 1952||Kamchatka||Hilo, Hawaii||5 meters||N/A|
|March 9, 1957||Aleutian Islands||Hilo, Hawaii||5 meter run||Earthquake Magnitude was 8.3|
|July 9, 1958||Lituya Bay||Other Side of the Bay||500 meter||N/A|
|March 28, 1964||Prince William Sound||Crescent City, California||6 meter||119 Deaths
$104 million Damage
(Bolt, 1993. p 150)
In addition to these earthquakes, which caused tsunamis, many other earthquakes have been recorded in recent history.
Ten shallow earthquakes with a
magnitude greater than 7.0
1964 Good Friday Great Alaskan Earthquake have been
recorded in this area between 1930 and 1979.(1)
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United States Geological Survey Report on
Core sample evidence that earthquakes similar in magnitude have taken place in Alaska.
Alaskan earthquake history.