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The Science Behind the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami
Released: 3/20/2014 1:00:00 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Yvette  Gillies, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 907-786-7039

Susan Buchanan, NOAA
Phone: 301-427-9000

Amy Hartley, UAF
Phone: 907-474-5823

In partnership with: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Tsunami Warning Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Earthquake Center

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Why does the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake Matter 50 Years Later? Scientific experts will talk about a half-century of scientific and monitoring advances triggered by the 1964 events.

The 1964 earthquake occurred at a pivotal time in the history of plate tectonics theory, giving scientists a context to understand the hazards of megathrust earthquakes, and more importantly, it led to the creation of modern national programs to reduce risk from earthquakes and tsunamis. 


Press conference on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami — the science behind the earthquake and tsunami, what we learned from the events, and how we are better prepared today for similar natural hazards.



Peter Haeussler, Research Geologist and Alaska Coordinator for Earthquake Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey

Paul Whitmore, Director, NOAA National Tsunami Warning Center

Michael West, State Seismologist, Director, Alaska Earthquake Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks



Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Alaska time



U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center
Leslie Holland-Bartels Main Conference Room #206
Glenn Olds Building
4210 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 

An audio bridge will be available for remote participation:  703-648-4848, (or toll free 855-547-8255) Security code: 77680#

Resources for the news media, including links to videos, photos, and a fact sheet are available on the USGS "1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami" website

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