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Alaska State Library to Host Film about 1964 Earthquake on March 30

by LAM Webmaster on 2024-03-14T16:33:09-08:00 in Alaska State Library, Events | 0 Comments

Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, after 1964 earthquake"…Though the Earth Be Moved” Film Screening
Saturday, March 30, 2024, 2 pm, APK Lecture Hall

Juneau – In remembrance of the 60th Anniversary of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake, the Alaska State Library Historical Collections will present a special screening of the film, “…Though the Earth Be Moved” on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 2 pm at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum in the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building.

At 5:36 pm on Friday, March 27, 1964, a 9.2 earthquake struck Southcentral Alaska. From Anchorage to Kodiak, the quake, and the tsunami that followed within minutes, devastated cities and towns along the Alaskan coast, causing massive destruction and killing 139 people. To date, the 1964 Alaska Earthquake is the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America and the second largest recorded in the world.

Produced in 1965 by the U.S. Office of Civil Defense, the 45-minute documentary film, “…Though the Earth Be Moved” examines the human impact the quake had on Alaska by chronicling the emergency responses of local, state, and federal agencies during the first 72 hours after the disaster.

Alaska State Library Historical Collections staff rescanned “…Though the Earth Be Moved” and other 16 mm motion picture films relating to the earthquake in HD and 4K resolutions to preserve and maintain access to historical resources while protecting the original historic items. The new scans provide a cleaner, sharper viewing experience, and revised closed captioning provides more accurate access to the original script.

Please join us in remembering the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and its impact on Alaska.

For more information, contact:
Film and Video Archivist Damon Stuebner, 907-465-2565

A person experiencing a disability who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the division’s ADA coordinator at (907) 465-2912. Please contact us a week in advance so we can make any necessary arrangements.

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