Trip Leaders: Local EERI Conference Volunteers

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Time: Depart Dena'ina Conference Convention Center at 1:45 pm and return to the Anchorage Hilton Lobby at approximately 7:30 pm. 

This tour is full.

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View of Matanuska Peak from the West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. (source:

The 1964 M9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake generated extensive losses and damage not only from ground shaking and deformation, but also from tsunamis. We will travel from Anchorage north to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and discuss examples of local damage from the 1964 earthquake. In addition, we will review the impact of the 1964 earthquake on coastal communities in Alaska and on the West coast of North America. Our field trip will visit the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, where we will tour the facility and receive an update on the latest efforts by the Center to provide tsunami warning information. We will then travel to Independence Mine State Historical Park, cross the trace of the Castle Mountain fault, and view the historic Independence Mine in the spectacular Hatcher Pass region of the Talkeetna Mountains. Field trip is limited to 52 participants. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a light windproof/waterproof jacket, and binoculars and camera for the views. 

Cost: $75 per person. Includes transportation, entrance fees, lunch, and a handout.