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Petersburg family remembers Alaskan earthquake


Photo courtesy of the Alaska Sportsman and Alaska Magazine

The ground was still shaking as Phil Meeks and Pamela Jensen jumped out of their house (lower left) the day of the earthquake.

Fifty years ago today, March 27, 1964 the largest U.S. earthquake ever recorded rocked southern Alaska.

Petersburg resident and Harbor Way Parts Owner Phil Meeks was seven years old at the time. He was building a snow fort in his Anchorage front yard just before the 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck.

"I remember feeling frustrated that my fort wouldn't stand up," Meeks said. "It kept caving in."

Meeks said when the Great Alaskan Earthquake began he noticed the sound more than motion.

"It went from a dead silence to an absolute roar," Meeks said.

Meeks' sister, Pamela Jensen who was ten at t...

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