After last Friday’s 7.0 earthquake rocked Anchorage and south central Alaska, many are looking ahead to see what can be done when the next quake strikes. The quake destroyed roads and buildings and will take a great deal of time and money to recover. Yet some institutions, such as the Anchorage Public Library, have fully embraced the quake as an opportunity to educate the public on seismology and the major fault lines in the state of Alaska, and how to talk to children about earthquakes amidst the destruction.
Alaska experiences more earthquakes than any other region in the United States, approximately 12,000 each year (most of which go unnoticed due to their relatively small tremors), and account for 11% of the world’s earthquakes. Alaska’s largest earthquake on record occurred in 1964, and reached a magnitude of 9.4 on the Richter scale.
Due to this frequency, there are several news items related to earthquakes that have shaken up Alaska in its historic newspapers.