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Alaska Sea Grant unveils earthquake web site

Date: March 16, 2000
Contact: Kurt Byers, Communications Manager, (907) 474-6702

FAIRBANKS, Alaska—If you're not careful, you could get killed in Alaska. Earthquakes, floods, avalanches, tsunamis and volcanoes are all out there—waiting for you to make a mistake.

Take earthquakes, for example. Each year more than 5,000 earthquakes shake the state, and three of the six largest quakes this century were centered in Alaska. The earthquake many people remember most is the 1964 Good Friday quake that virtually wiped out the cities of Valdez and Kodiak, and leveled parts of Anchorage. The quake and tsunami that followed killed 131 people.

That's why it's especially important to be prepared. And now, all you need to know to prepare for earthquakes is available on a new web site. is your complete guide to preparing for natural disasters in Alaska.

The new web site was developed by Alaska Sea Grant in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey. Besides valuable tips about earthquakes and tsunami preparedness, the web site offers information on avalanches, volcanoes, floods and permafrost.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a marine research, education and outreach service headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the state of Alaska and private industry.

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