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50 Years of KEZI 9 News: The Good Friday Earthquake

November 4, 2010

ALASKA — We often report on major calamities around the world such as earthquakes in Haiti, volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, and tidal waves in Thailand.

But what about here?  What was our worst natural disaster?

The big San Francisco Earthquake of 1989 is one that comes to mind, but nothing measures up to what happened in Alaska in 1964.

It was Good Friday when a quake lasting nearly five minutes hit south central Alaska.

It still ranks as the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the U.S.

And at magnitude 9.2, it was the second-largest recorded earthquake in the history of the world.

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