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Alaska Earthquake (1964)

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March 27, 1964 (5:46PM Alaska Daylight Time) marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska earthquake.  This is the largest recorded earthquake (moment magnitude of ~9.2) to have occurred in North America and the second largest earthquake to have been recorded in the world.  The Great Alaska earthquake has had a long lasting influence on our understanding of the plate tectonics and earthquake hazards associated with subduction zones. The Seismological Society of America is commemorating this event by creating a virtual special issue of BSSA. This list of previously-published BSSA articles focuses on the Great Alaska earthquake and associated research.

The links take you to the article online. If it is in PDF-only, you will be taken to a download page. If it is full-text, you will be taken to the abstract and may choose to either download the PDF or read the full text online.

This project was initiated by Diane Doser and pursued by Bill Rinehart.  Diane Doser helped Bill select the final list of articles to be included. All of the articles selected were previously published in BSSA under the normal BSSA publication process.

1964 - Karl V. Steinbrugge and William K. Cloud
Seismological Notes
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America August 1964
54:4 pp.1255-1256

1965 - J. C. Savage
The Stopping Phase on Seismograms
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America January 1965
55:1 pp.47-58
 

1967 - Max Wyss and James N. Brune
The Alaska Earthquake of 28 March 1964:  A Complex Multiple Rupture
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America October 1967
57:5 pp.1017-1023

1968 - Robert Page
Aftershocks and Microaftershocks of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America June 1968
58:3 pp.1131-1168

1969 - Samuel T. Harding and S. T. Algermissen
Focal Mechanism of the Prince William Sound, Alaska Earthquake of March 28, 1964
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America April 1966
59:2 pp.799-811

1970 - L. M. Hastie and J. C. Savage
Letter:  A Dislocation Model for the 1964 Alaska Earthquake
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America August 1970
60:4 pp.1389-1392

1965 - John Northrop
T Phases from 80 Alaskan Earthquakes, March 28-31, 1964
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America February 1965 
55:1 pp.59-63

1969 - James N. Brune and Gladys R. Engen
Excitation of Mantle Love Waves and Definition of Mantle Wave Magnitude 
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America April 1965
59:2 pp.923-933

1972 - Ralph A. Wiggins and Stephen P. Miller
New Noise-Reduction Technique Applied to Long Period Oscillations from the Alaskan Earthquake
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America April 1972
62:2 pp.471-479

1972 - Li-San Hwang, H. Lee Butler and David J. Divoky
Tsunami Model:  Generation and Open-Sea Characteristics
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America December 1972
62:6 pp.1579-1596

1977 - W. H. Prescott and M. Lisowski
Deformation at Middleton Island, Alaska, during the Decade after the Alaska Earthquake of 1964
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America June 1977
67:3 pp.579-585

1977 - Robert J. Geller and Seth Stein
Split Free Oscillation Amplitudes for the 1960 Chilean and 1964 Alaskan Earthquakes
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America June 1977
67:3 pp.651-660

1980 - W. H. Prescott and M. Lisowski
Vertical Deformation at Middleton Island, Alaska
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America October 1980
70:5 pp.1887-1892

2008 - George P. Mavroeidis
Estimation of Strong Ground Motion from the Great 1964 Mw 9.2 Prince William Sound, Alaska, Earthquake
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America October 2008
98:5 pp.2303-2324

2002 - Diane I. Doser, Wesley A. Brown and Monique Velasquez
Seismicity of the Kodiak Island Region (1964-2001) and Its Relation to the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America December 2002
92:8 pp.3269-3292

2004 - Diane I. Doser, Natalia A. Ratchkovski, Peter J. Haeussler and Richard Saltus
Changes in Crustal Seismic Deformation Rates Associated with the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake 
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America January 2004
94:1 pp.320-325

2004 - Charles G. Bufe
Stress Transfer to the Denali and Other Regional Faults from the M 9.2 Alaska Earthquake of 1964
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America December 2004
94:6B pp.S145-S155

2005 - Diane I. Doser
Historical Seismicity (1918-1964) of the Kodiak Island Region
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America June 2005
95:3 pp.878-895

2006 - Diane I. Doser, Annette M. Veilleux, Claudia Flores and Wesley A. Brown
Changes in Seismic-Moment Rates along the Rupture Zone of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America August 2006
96:4A pp.1545-1550

2001 - Diane I. Doser and Wesley A. Brown
A Study of Historic Earthquakes on the Prince William Sound, Alaska, Region
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America August 2001
91:4 pp.842-857

2014 - USGS
Magnitude 9.2:  The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake
A short video produced by Stephen M. Wessells, written by Donna Matrazzo

1964 - Compiled by Karl V. Steinbrugge 
A Catalog of Earthquake Sounds
Two audio recordings made during the 1964 Alaska Earthquake

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