Great Alaskan earthquake hit 49 years ago; effects felt in Washington State, too.

Copalis River bridge
Large waves generated by the 9.2 magnitude Alaskan earthquake in 1964 destroyed this bridge in Washington State.

Yesterday (while we were intently focused on the aftermath of Whidbey Island landslide), was the anniversary of the March 27, 1964, earthquake in south-central Alaska that caused about 143 deaths. The magnitude 9.2 earthquake lasted for almost three minutes and caused widespread destruction to buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. In addition to hitting many  Alaskan coastal communities, tsunami waves generated by the earthquake took lives and destroyed property in British Columbia, Oregon and California, including 12 people in Crescent City, California, and four at Beverly Beach State Park in Oregon.

Here’s more information about earthquakes in Washington.

The Washington Emergency Management Division says the best way to survive any type of disaster is to have a plankeep informed, and have a mobile survival kit. Find out if you are in a tsunami inundation zone. Download a tsunami evacuation brochure for your community. DNR worked with local governments to produce these brochures.

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