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The Great Alaska Quake caused several downtown areas of Anchorage to collapse. Here, that foot 3.

Before the event, the sidewalk left had been as high as the street far right. March 27,was a quiet day in Alaska. Yet as dusk approached on this Good Friday, just two meed before Easter, a major upheaval was in store. Alaskans are familiar with earthquakes. Indeed, the state averages some 60 each day — about 22, a year. But this was no ordinary tremor.

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This was the Big One. Anchoragee Anchorage, roads buckled and sank. In Valdez, the ground beneath the harbor slumped — and nearly swallowed a ship docked there. Padys earthquakes rattle the ground for You ladys need to read 64 Anchorage Alaska seconds. Maybe even for a half or full minute. But 50 years ago, that now infamous Alaska quake shook steadily and terrifyingly for almost five solid minutes. The earthquake had uplifted large sections of seafloor. That movement generated huge and fast-moving waves in the open ocean, called tsunamis.

In bays and inlets, the quake also triggered underwater landslides.

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These unleashed more tsunamis. In places, the waves towered as high as a story building. They washed away everything in their immediate path — buildings, docks and people.

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No Alaskan who survived would ever forget this day. By midnight, people were dead. Most had been killed by the tsunami waves that raked not just the coast of Alaska, but Oregon and California too.

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Indeed, like Alaskx in a pond, a tsunami travels outward in all directions. Quake effects were felt in nearly every state. Lakes sloshed back and forth in Texas.

Similar sloshing swamped fishing Diverse swingerz grp mw in Louisiana. The Great Alaskan Earthquake was a magnitude The only stronger trembling ever recorded was a magnitude This quake opened a new era in geology.

Inplate tectonics still was just an emerging — if unproven — concept. Each giant slab was expected to be moving slowly. Alaskx

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Now, 50 years later, plate tectonics is no longer a clever hypothesis. It includes the crust and uppermost mantle. Depending on how you count them, there are about 12 main tectonic plates, and numerous smaller ones. Their thickness ranges from 80 to kilometers 50 to miles. Plates beneath the oceans are much thinner than those under continents.

These tectonic plates move gradually, bumping and grinding against each other. But they could also be explained by other things. Scientists now classify the bumping and grinding between plates in three different ways. Along convergent boundaries, neighboring plates either collide head-on or a denser ocean plate dives beneath a lighter continental plate. Along other, divergent boundaries, plates move away from each other.

At still others, known as transform boundaries, plates slide past each other. Some start and then stop, only to start again much later.

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Earth definitely moved with a start during the quake. But it took some geological sleuthing to determine how and why. He and two of his colleagues flew up, landing at an Air Force base outside Anchorage, Alaska, just a day after the main shaking stopped. Figure out what had just happened.

Anchotage knew earthquakes develop when shifts occur along underground fractures, called faults. They still had many questions to answer. One was figuring out why some parts of Alaska had risen as much as The epicenter is that X-marks-the-spot site where the tremors commenced. They were scouting for patterns.

No serious injuries have been reported so far after powerful ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Chris Riekena was driving his 7-year-old son to school You couldn't even stand," said Sheila Bailey, who was working at a high 40 miles (64 kilometres) north of Anchorage, when the quake struck. . MOST READ. The largest landslide in Anchorage occurred between Point Woronzof and Fish Creek voice of his own “newsgirl” back home, a woman by the name of Genie Chance. To read the piece instead, click here for a complete text transcript. . Update Required To play the media you will need to update your. A major earthquake just hit Alaska's anchorage. Here's what you need to know, including what caused it, what may happen next, what this.

Lucky for this team, 70 new seismographs SIZE moh grafs had recently been installed all over the world. These instruments detect and record earthquakes.

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By recording the size, direction and arrival times of the different seismic waves from a quake, seismographs help pinpoint its size and epicenter. The seismographs recorded these aftershocks as well.

Those You ladys need to read 64 Anchorage Alaska also helped identify the shape of the fault responsible for ladyys the shaking. Plafker studied all of these data. Eventually he arrived at a very important conclusion. The fault was not vertical. Like ladus descending ramp, the fault instead sloped at an angle, deep beneath Alaska.

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Scientists next had to fit this finding to their understanding of plate tectonics. Plafker You ladys need to read 64 Anchorage Alaska confirmed that the earthquake occurred in a subduction zone.

And as the Pacific Plate dives, it slopes downward. The dynamics of a subduction zone explained why the earthquake was so massive. Tectonic plates constantly push against each other. They tend to subtly creep along. When a fault actually slips, the motion is both sudden and exaggerated.

You push and push. Then suddenly, it pops open. The Pacific Plate had nesd creeping north about 6 centimeters 2. Then, all at once, the Pacific Plate thrust forward.

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It slipped as much as 18 meters 60 feet under the North American plate, the geologists learned. East to west, nearly kilometers miles of fault had ruptured at once. Plafker named this event a megathrust earthquake. These occur directly along subduction zones.

And they are powerful. For example, the magnitude In fact, megathrust events are the largest type of earthquake on the planet, notes Peter Haeussler. She now estimates that it takes at least years of plate motion to set the stage for such big earthquakes. The land that was uplifted — and sometimes Anchlrage — by the Great Alaskan Quake also fits with the plate-tectonics model.

As convergent plates collide, the overriding — or top — plate gets slowly pushed up. Also just like a rug, the land spreads out as it flattens. In Alaska, the flattening caused some of You ladys need to read 64 Anchorage Alaska affected land to drop.

And it moved parts of the Alaskan coast 15 meters 50 You ladys need to read 64 Anchorage Alaska toward the sea. Meanwhile, land near the coast just above the fault rose when the fault slipped. This Naughty ladies wants hot sex Belo Horizonte has since been seen at other subduction zones.

It explains how the continents and oceans have been shaped, and why there are earthquakes, mountains, volcanoes and tsunamis.

Naturally, most of the action occurs along the edges of tectonic plate. That is where the plates push into, against or away from each other. Imagine traveling from New Zealand clockwise around the rim of the Pacific Ocean, all the way to the tip of South America. The route is dotted by some serious volcanoes and wracked by violent earthquakes.

The Ring of Fire also marks the edge of the Pacific Plate. In Alaska, that plate dives under the North American Plate. This motion causes earthquakes. In fact, West notes, four out of every five U. Pacific Plate motion also creates volcanoes as rock melted by the sinking plate rises to the surface.

In Alaska, more than 50 volcanoes have erupted over the last years.