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The Great Alaskan Earthquake Damaged So Much Land, And It Was Utterly Devastating

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.

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