The picture below shoes the Hilton Hotel. In 1964 the land that slopes down from the Hilton was level to the Hilton.
The Earthquake Museum writes this about the earthquake:
"1964 Alaska Earthquake The Great Alaska Earthquake that struck the Anchorage area on Good Friday, March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM registered 8.6 on the Richter Scale, although scientists now favor a different magnitude scale for very large quakes that shows this quake as 9.2. This made it the largest quake that has hit the United States in recorded history and one of the largest known worldwide.
More Information I heard on the trip -
I tell you - Alaska threw me for a loop. Felt like an earthquake happened in my own life and shook it up - I'm just now recovering and starting to rebuild.
So many people there left their 'home' and went on their own for awhile. I mean even woman and men my age were doing their own thing - it totally amazed me! I felt knocked over the head -like a huge boulder hit me over the head. I never even dreamed of doing anything like that. Well, I just said I never even dreamed of doing anything like that - right - but I did start dreaming of doing something like that - and then I did it!!!!!!!! I'm just a little bit older than I wanted to be before I started this journey. Well you can't have everything.
So Chatty's been thinkin' (as dangerous as that is) it really doesn't have to be Alaska per say - it was just Alaska for me - that opened my eyes - saw what I could have had - but didn't. It made me mad at myself and even sad. I decided to feel my feelings whatever they were so I've had to kind of cope with that the first couple of weeks I got back. Regrets you know - feeling sorry for myself and all that I missed out on in life. There is a whole big world out there folks.
That's one reason I went to Alaska now. I was ready. I needed Alaska. Alaska woke me up. It has my head and heart spinning in every direction. So while at first I was sad thinking about all the things I had missed in life - I've decided (yes it is a choice on my part right now) to move forward trying to think about all the choices and life I have ahead of me. It's a great feeling to be alive again. There are so many things to see and do out there - yikes.
So lets move on to Alaska and the joys (?) of midlife . . . another name for this is . . . living.