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(io9)   It's been 50 years since the Great Alaska Earthquake, the biggest ever recorded in the United States   (io9.com) divider line 62
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2014-03-31 02:49:52 AM
The USGS video is nice for explaining what happened, but this video has footage taken during the actual quake, only a few miles from the epicenter in Valdez.

You can see the floor of Prince William Sound open up and the ocean pour in. Just afterwards, the ocean floor drops and causes the Tsunami that destroys Valdez.
 
2014-03-31 04:17:24 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: You can see the floor of Prince William Sound open up and the ocean pour in. Just afterwards, the ocean floor drops and causes the Tsunami that destroys Valdez.


Wow. That must have felt like the end of the world.
 
2014-03-31 06:53:12 AM
At the time of Great Alaska Earthquake, the theory of plate tectonics had only recently been considered viable. Scientists were still debating it, and seeking more evidence to bolster claims on both sides. Ultimately, evidence gathered from this quake wound up being one of the deciding factors that led to the geology community accepting plate tectonics.

/plate tectonics is just a theory. We should teach in our schools that earthquakes are caused by God to punish the wicked.
 
2014-03-31 07:14:23 AM
And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.
 
2014-03-31 07:24:40 AM
The year I was born....thanks for the farking reminder that I am farking 50.
 
2014-03-31 07:26:38 AM

Kaka: The year I was born....thanks for the farking reminder that I am farking 50.


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/49 very soon
 
2014-03-31 07:29:33 AM

Kaka: The year I was born....thanks for the farking reminder that I am farking 50.


September. Another 61 and I can make the Tri-Centennial celebrations. Of course I'll still be working, but...;b
 
2014-03-31 07:30:19 AM

T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.


Come on over Barbie, whole lotta shakin' goin' on.....
 
2014-03-31 07:33:13 AM

T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.


and Lo... in 1964 an angel broke the 4th seal and I heard a voice proclaim "behold, the harbinger of doom, Sarah Palin does come."

I am sure I read that in revelations somewhere...
 
2014-03-31 07:43:22 AM

T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.


Well she was put here to shake up the republicans and scare the poop out of democrats.
 
2014-03-31 07:46:57 AM
Tens of dollars in damage...
 
2014-03-31 08:03:47 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: The USGS video is nice for explaining what happened, but this video has footage taken during the actual quake, only a few miles from the epicenter in Valdez.

You can see the floor of Prince William Sound open up and the ocean pour in. Just afterwards, the ocean floor drops and causes the Tsunami that destroys Valdez.


I've seen that video before, pretty scary stuff.  But re-watching it now, it looks like they spliced in a number of stock video clips of waves and a some manual camera shaking for dramatic effect.
 
2014-03-31 08:10:02 AM
The tsunami from this quake took out much of Crescent City, CA.   Linky (with strange musical accompaniment)
 
2014-03-31 08:16:06 AM
I still have a 'deed' for one square foot of Alaska that they sent you if you contributed to the relief effort.
 
2014-03-31 08:16:41 AM
I talked to a guy that was in Anchorage during the quake.  He said he was a very young boy, and all he remembered was looking out his front window, and watching the family car go back and forth, up and down the driveway.

Oh, and his mom freaking out.
 
2014-03-31 08:18:54 AM
From an olde phart's perspective, another interesting footnote is the coverage of that event relative to any "news" event of today. Radio programs reported it as breaking news and teachers in schools (I was in school at the time) were informed by the principal going around to classrooms and informing them.  Somebody in the school stayed by a radio to listen to the latest reports, but they were few - the local infrastructure was damaged enough that a lot of communications were compromised; rescue efforts were considered more important that news coverage.  News stories came over the wires but photos and video were still done on film and had to be developed and printed before they could be distributed.  It was a major story on Cronkite and Huntley-Brinkley but it wasn't the only story.  It was a major headline in the newspapers.

While it was certainly a big story and it was certainly devastating to Alaskans, it took something like the Kennedy Assassination to push everything else off the air in terms of news coverage.  I think one of the reasons was that news anchors didn't have 24 hours to fill and, thus, were not given to blathering on when no information was available.
 
2014-03-31 08:20:16 AM
I hope LA falls into the ocean.
 
2014-03-31 08:24:11 AM

Brick-House: T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.

Well she was put here to shake up the republicans and scare the poop out of democrats.


Mission accomplished, though I don't think for the intended reasons...
 
2014-03-31 08:25:50 AM

Mr. Right: I think one of the reasons was that news anchors didn't have 24 hours to fill and, thus, were not given to blathering on when no information was available.


Also, I doubt any of the local cannery workers were banging Marilyn Monroe.
 
2014-03-31 08:27:11 AM
If something like this happened now it'd be a month before the news would report anything else.
 
2014-03-31 08:32:27 AM

Brick-House: T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.

Well she was put here to shake up the republicans and scare the poop out of democrats.


The dems thought it was just a joke when they ran a black guy for president then Palin made it real, that is scary.
 
2014-03-31 08:33:10 AM
Just a few years ago, I lived through an earthquake. I actually had to stop working and say, "Is that an earthquake or a large truck driving by?"

/Never forget!
 
2014-03-31 08:35:20 AM

Marisyana: If something like this happened now it'd be a month before the news would report anything else.


CNN would creame themselves, theyd also have to start a specialized news channel, where they did 24 hour coverage and sent highly paid news crews, I mean scientific teams into quake areas, quake simulators, and even built large machines to dig down to the tectonic plates in an attempt to interview the planet Earth itself.
 
2014-03-31 08:38:20 AM
The description of huge cracks opening up plenty big enough to take in people struck with me at the time.
 
2014-03-31 08:40:19 AM
I seem to remember my dad telling us a story about this - he was in the Navy and they got the call to go up and provide assistance. When they arrived, they couldn't find the town they were supposed to dock in, and when they finally made contact with someone, they asked where the dock was. The guy told them that they were a mile inland, and that the town with the dock had just kinda...vanished.

/Sketchy on the details, I'll call him later today and ask him about it...
 
2014-03-31 08:41:50 AM
Obviously, this happened because God was upset over gay marriage and no further earthquake or volcano monitoring is needed in that state.
 
2014-03-31 08:51:33 AM

OtherBrotherDarryl: The tsunami from this quake took out much of Crescent City, CA.   Linky (with strange musical accompaniment)


That music wasn't quite as strange as the "5 Strangest Sounds Ever" video that had background music the whole video. Why would anyone that?
 
2014-03-31 08:55:00 AM
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The subsequent tsunami sure packed a punch...
 
2014-03-31 08:58:48 AM

T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.


The Earth far below, sensing what it had brought forth, tore itself apart.
 
2014-03-31 09:06:29 AM
Between the mudslide in OR, and the quakes in CA last week, I would be seriously moving east if I lived anywhere west of the Mississippi.  Even the Madrid fault seems solid compared to the whole west coast.

Stay safe, farkers.
 
2014-03-31 09:06:44 AM

Satanic_Hamster: Obviously, this happened because God was upset over gay marriage and no further earthquake or volcano monitoring is needed in that state.


would you please just go away... you don't have to turn every damned story into a religious commentary... yes we get it, you hate God or don't believe in God... get over yourself already.

/yes I know... welcome to Fark, let the butthurt flow, etc, etc...
 
2014-03-31 09:09:48 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: Satanic_Hamster: Obviously, this happened because God was upset over gay marriage and no further earthquake or volcano monitoring is needed in that state.

would you please just go away... you don't have to turn every damned story into a religious commentary... yes we get it, you hate God or don't believe in God... get over yourself already.

/yes I know... welcome to Fark, let the butthurt flow, etc, etc...


You are right.  That guy is a tool.
 
2014-03-31 09:14:34 AM

T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.


Lots of dogs died that day.
 
2014-03-31 09:18:46 AM

grokca: T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.

Lots of dogs died that day.


Ehh, she was still in a Canadian hospital being treated for micro encephelopathy.

Also, where does New Madird stack up?
 
2014-03-31 09:20:04 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: You can see the floor of Prince William Sound open up and the ocean pour in. Just afterwards, the ocean floor drops and causes the Tsunami that destroys Valdez.


Hoiy crap I can't believe the guy on the ship was able to keep filming! Yikes!
 
2014-03-31 09:24:50 AM
Teaser: Tens of dollars in damageimprovements...
 
2014-03-31 09:34:23 AM
It was odd when we took our cruise 6 or 7 years ago. We made port in Seward, then took buses down to Anchorage to fly out. There were these weird meadow areas that didn't quite look like a fire had been through, but all of the trees were dead. The bus guide pointed out that these were from the earthquake. Plus, the ground was lower, but had been the same height when the highway was built.
 
2014-03-31 09:35:53 AM

Lenny_da_Hog: The USGS video is nice for explaining what happened, but this video has footage taken during the actual quake, only a few miles from the epicenter in Valdez.

You can see the floor of Prince William Sound open up and the ocean pour in. Just afterwards, the ocean floor drops and causes the Tsunami that destroys Valdez.


D1vwife was living in Sitka at the time.  Her dad had the presence of mind to grab everyone and head for high ground.  They never got a chance to see the wave come in, but when they returned she says they were surprised (at first) by how little damage was done.

It was only when they got closer that they saw the high water marks 6 feet up on the buildings.  And a 50 foot trawler sitting in their yard.

/My parents hadn't even met yet.
 
2014-03-31 09:39:18 AM
An electrician who once worked for me was in Anchorage at the time.  He said it was like standing on an air mattress in the ocean.  For 4 MINUTES.  Californians please comment.
 
2014-03-31 09:44:26 AM
My grandfather worked in the aftermath of that quake with the army corps of engineers.
 
2014-03-31 09:53:19 AM
I was in Fairbanks. Even that far away everything was swaying back and forth.
No other quake I've been in compares to what that was like.
 
2014-03-31 09:54:24 AM

Mikey1969: It was odd when we took our cruise 6 or 7 years ago. We made port in Seward, then took buses down to Anchorage to fly out. There were these weird meadow areas that didn't quite look like a fire had been through, but all of the trees were dead. The bus guide pointed out that these were from the earthquake. Plus, the ground was lower, but had been the same height when the highway was built.


Turnagain Arm, and the old town of Portage.  There were old houses still visible there 20 years ago, but I'm not sure if they're still there or not.  It has been that long since I was there.

I think the town/area sunk 10-15 feet during the quake.
 
2014-03-31 10:04:28 AM

SBinRR: Mikey1969: It was odd when we took our cruise 6 or 7 years ago. We made port in Seward, then took buses down to Anchorage to fly out. There were these weird meadow areas that didn't quite look like a fire had been through, but all of the trees were dead. The bus guide pointed out that these were from the earthquake. Plus, the ground was lower, but had been the same height when the highway was built.

Turnagain Arm, and the old town of Portage.  There were old houses still visible there 20 years ago, but I'm not sure if they're still there or not.  It has been that long since I was there.

I think the town/area sunk 10-15 feet during the quake.


Yeah, i thought they'd built up the highway. Don't remember if I saw houses and stuff, but it was a very weird area. Beautiful though. God it was gorgeous up there everywhere we went.
 
2014-03-31 10:05:46 AM
Talked to a friend yesterday who's a senior emergency management type.  They've been running a drill for a response to another 9.2 earthquake timed to the 50th anniversary.  Link

Some of the drills and practice can be timely: a week ago Snohomish County Emergency Management had a helicopter out practicing rescues when the Oso landslide happened.  They were the first on the scene, pulling out three people.
 
2014-03-31 10:11:21 AM

wildcardjack: Also, where does New Madird stack up?


Lower. New Madrid's significance is that the effects persist much further than they do on the west coast due to the difference in rock structure. New Madrid was causing building damage in Michigan.
 
2014-03-31 10:21:51 AM
I don't remember it.

/just turned 41
//too close to 50 for my liking
 
2014-03-31 10:35:17 AM

T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.


Sarah is from Idaho, so your point is?
 
2014-03-31 11:01:22 AM

StrikitRich: T-Servo: And Sarah Palin was born 50 years ago last month. This can't be a coincidence.

Sarah is from Idaho, so your point is?


I hear a lot of potatoes come from there.
 
2014-03-31 11:04:20 AM

Paris1127: [upload.wikimedia.org image 319x480]
The subsequent tsunami sure packed a punch...


Actually, I feel this photo needs a better caption.

upload.wikimedia.org
"You see kids, when your whore mother and my former best friend love each other *very much*..."
 
2014-03-31 11:09:30 AM

cherryl taggart: Between the mudslide in OR, and the quakes in CA last week, I would be seriously moving east if I lived anywhere west of the Mississippi.  Even the Madrid fault seems solid compared to the whole west coast.

Stay safe, farkers.


How quickly 2011 was forgotten. 5.8, epicenter 36 miles north of Richmond, VA, damaged buildings as far away as New York and Pittsburgh, was felt as far away as Illinois, Atlanta, Quebec and the Maritimes. I shudder to think what would happen if New Madrid went off now, so much stuff would be so screwed up and probably stay that way.
 
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