Panorama Borealis, by G. Donald Bain An Exhibition of Panoramic Photography, Palmela, Portugal, Summer 2011
|39||Site of Old Valdez|
|Four Miles East of Valdez, Alaska, USA|
|September 11, 2010|
|On March 27 in 1964 a powerful earthquake struck Alaska. This "Good Friday Earthquake" lasted four minutes and had a magnitude of 9.2, the second most powerful in recorded history. Despite the scanty population, 131 people died, including victims of a tsunami that struck northern California.
Coastal communities were hit hardest. Here in Valdez the harbor collapsed into the depths, dragging a ship down with it and killing 30 people. Nearby a 27 foot (8 meter) tsunami wiped out a native village, killing 23 more.
The town of Valdez was rebuilt four miles west on solider ground and with better tsunami protection. Almost nothing remains of the original town.
Across the bay can be seen the Alyeska terminal, where crude oil from the Alaska Pipeline is loaded into tankers to be taken south to refineries in California.
|Type: 360° panorama|
|Printed dimensions: 120.0 cm wide, 40.0 cm high|
|Interactive version: VirtualGuidebooks.com/borealis/39.html|
|Virtual Guidebooks locality page: East of Valdez|