When you think of the most destructive natural disasters in recent memory, you probably think of the earthquake in Fukushima, Japan, back in 2011. While it’s true that this was a devastating earthquake, it pales in comparison to the power and destruction wrought by a 1964 earthquake in Alaska. It was the most powerful seismic event ever recorded in North America, and the havoc it wreaked on the state was so awful.

At approximately 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, a fault line between the Pacific and North American plates ruptured. The result of that rupture was a 9.2 magnitude, 9.2 megathrust earthquake.

 

 Alaska earthquake.