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The Great Alaskan Earthquake

The Great Alaskan Earthquake AMNH/R.Mickens

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On March 27, 1964, one of the largest earthquakes of the 20th century occurred in southern Alaska. It was caused by the sudden failure of a fault, or fracture, 20 to 50 kilometers below the surface. The fault slipped about 10 meters over an area 600 kilometers long and 200 kilometers wide.

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Earthquakes

Keywords: Alaska, Geology, Earthquakes, Faults (Geology)

Audience: General