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Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day

Mar 27, 2024

WHEREAS, emergency preparedness is critical for survival in times of crisis, and as one of the world’s most seismically-active regions, Alaska is highly susceptible to earthquakes; and

WHEREAS, of the 20 largest earthquakes in United States history, over half of them have occurred in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, on March 27, 1964, Alaska was devastated by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, which was the most powerful earthquake in United States history and the second most powerful recorded worldwide , and became known as the Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake; and

WHEREAS, the damage of resulting landslides, avalanches, and tsunamis was severe and devastating, causing 131 casualties; and

WHEREAS, on the 60th anniversary of this tragedy, we are reminded of how precious life is, and we honor all those whose lives were lost or affected by this colossal force of nature, including the courageous first responders, servicemen, and volunteers who sacrificed their time, energy, and lives to aid in rescue and relief efforts; and

WHEREAS, although this day devastated many families and communities, it allowed for our State and Nation to advance our knowledge of earthquake sciences in the pursuit of improved safety through earthquake preparedness.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim March 27, 2024 as:

Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day

in Alaska and on this 60th anniversary of the Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake, encourage all Alaskans to educate themselves on earthquake safety procedures, participate in commemorative activities such as exhibits, conferences, and planned community emergency response exercises, and remember those whose lives were lost that fateful day. I also order all State Flags to be lowered to half-staff on March 27, 2024.

Dated: March 27, 2024