An earthquake struck Alaska on Good Friday, March 27, 1964. It began at 5:36 p.m. and lasted for 5 minutes. Its epicenter was in the Prince William Sound near Montague Island. Its intensity measured 8.4 units on the Richter Scale; by contrast the San Francisco earthquake was 8.3 units. Only one stronger earthquake has been recorded in modern times.the 1960 Peruvian quake in which many lives were lost.
From: Fortuine, Robert et al. 1993. The Health of the Inuit of North America: A Bibliography from the Earliest Times through 1990. University of Alaska Anchorage. Citation number 1565.
Cited in: Fortuine, Robert. 1968. The Health of the Eskimos: a bibliography 1857-1967. Dartmouth College Libraries. Citation number 380.
Earthquake and flood disasters in Alaska created problems for effective environmental control. The problem of maintaining such control is analyzed in terms of plans and activities. Weaknesses in terms of communication are discussed.