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Survivor of the Great Alaskan Earthquake

31 Jan

Wendler Building, Anchorage, Alaska

On Good Friday March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by the largest earthquake ever recorded in U.S. history. The intensity was measured to be 9.2 on the Moment Magnitude Scale and 8.2 on the Richter Scale. Most of the damages occurred in Anchorage, 75 mi (120 km) northwest of the epicenter. Three-foot high ground waves swept through the city resulting in nine deaths and significant property destruction over a thirty city block area. Sections of downtown shifted up to 14 feet vertically and 11 feet horizontally.

The Wendler Building was built in 1915 as a store and residence. It was the only Victorian turreted structure in Anchorage. The building survived the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake and was restored in 1982 after moving to its present location at W 4th Avenue and D Street. It is currently home to Club 25, a coffee shop gallery.  Patrons may relax on antique furniture, sip coffee and gaze upon over 100 paintings.

 

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Alaska, Anchorage, USA

 

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