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Old 04-07-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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When I lived in Anchorage I found "Earthquake Park" to be one of the more interesting parts of the city. In 1964, The Turnagain area of Anchorage was fairly modern and upscale, with many beautiful homes. As we have just passed the 45th anniversary of the great 9.2 quake, this park still shows how the ground was lifted and sunk in every which way. What was interesting to me was that despite the tremendous damage done to almost every home in this neighborhood, people were building there again!

Are the building codes and technology better today, or is this just simply "The Alaska Spirit", the idea that no earthquake willl keep us down. My bet it's a little of both. Anyway, if you visit and have time, I recommend earthquake park.

1964 Good Friday Earthquake
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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I was there for the earthquake and it was on my birthday. If people did not build on land that had great damage, the whole edge of downtown Anchorage would have no buildings. Land is so valuable that the limited chance of another earthquake in our lifetime can be overlooked.

Luckily our house was built in an original subdivision on bedrock and we had no damage at all.
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