Events, exhibits, memorials marking 50th anniversary of 1964 quake

Thursday, March 27, marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. Among activities planned for the day are the following:

• The Great Alaska Shake Out earthquake drill starts at 1:36 p.m. Families and organizations will prepare for big earthquakes by practicing how to "drop, cover and hold on" and other aspects of emergency plans. Emergency management personnel hope to register up to 100,000 Alaskans to participate. Register online. (

• A commemoration, "Remembering the Great Quake," will include the staff of the U.S. Geological Survey, state and local officials with community leaders recalling the devastation wrought by the earthquake at 5-7 p.m., Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. Participants will observe 4 minutes, 38 seconds of silence at 5:36 p.m. A video link to the event will be available at the Egan Center, where photos of the 1964 earthquake will be on display. Opportunity will be provided for earthquake survivors to record their stories. (929-9201,

• Several communities in Alaska will practice tsunami drills at 10:15-10:45 a.m. The drill will include sounding tsunami warning sirens and sending messages on TV or radio stations stating that a tsunami warning has been issued for Alaska. An "all clear" message will be issued after the siren test. Remember that it is not a real emergency. Do not evacuate or call 911.

• Anchorage Community Theatre's "Seismic Celebration" will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake with scenes and music numbers from the past 60 seasons, live and silent auctions and the official announcement of the 2014-15 season. Lobby opens at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m., Grant Hall, Alaska Pacific University, $50. (344-4713,

• Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska will ring bells in a "full peeling" to commemorate the earthquake. Tolling of all bells in a church will begin at 5:34 p.m. and last for two minutes, followed by two minutes of silence then two minutes of striking the largest bell once every 10 seconds.

• "1964 Earthquake Experience," a film by local filmmaker Jonathan Lang, will be presented every half hour from noon to 7 p.m., Alaska Experience Theatre, 333 W. Fourth Ave. $8.95. (272-9076,

• Alaska Shield Full Scale Exercise, a readiness exercise by federal, state, nonprofit and other organizations, will start today in 13 communities and run through April 2. Part of the exercise includes medical drills. Volunteers are sought to play the part of "patients." Register at

-- Compiled by Mike Dunham