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Gallery: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

Lifelines

1964 alaska earthquake damage

(Image credit: USGS)

Important roads, railways, bridges and ports were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving planes and helicopters as the only lifeline for supplies.

"Million-dollar" loss

1964 alaska earthquake damage

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A span of the so-called "Million Dollar Bridge" collapsed during the earthquake.

Railroad damage

1964 alaska earthquake damage

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It took 2.5 years to repair the earthquake damage to the Alaska Railroad.

A town lost

1964 alaska earthquake damage

(Image credit: USGS)

Valdez was moved to safer ground after the docks and part of the town slid into the water on top of a landslide. The snow line marks flooding from the tsunami that followed.

Becky Oskin
Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.