Graphic: How the Great Alaska Earthquake happened

Graphic: The 1964 Good Friday earthquake occurred along the fault where the Pacific Plate slides under the North American plate. The Aleutian Trench is formed where these two plates meet and runs along the southern coastline of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

'64 Quake: Danger still lurks beneath surface (Published 3/26/89)

In the 25 years since disaster came to town, politics and profit have overcome science and common sense at almost every turn. Ignoring the vivid example of 1964 and warnings from scientists both before and after the earthquake, Anchorage's business and political leaders decided to rebuild the city on the ground most likely to fail in the next big earthquake.

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