• Short Summary

    KODIAK ISLAND, SOUTH OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA AT THE ROOT OF THE ALEUTIAN PENINSULA WAS HARD HIT BY FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE.

  • Description

    KODIAK ISLAND, SOUTH OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA AT THE ROOT OF THE ALEUTIAN PENINSULA WAS HARD HIT BY FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE. THE MAJOR DAMAGE CAME FROM HUGE TIDAL WAVES, GENERATED BY THE SHOCKS OF THE QUAKE. SEVEN ARE KNOWN TO BE DEAD IN KODIAK, TWO INJURED, AND 14 MORE ARE PRESUMED DEAD. STATEWIDE, THE DEATH TOLL HAS CLIMBED TO 21 KNOWN DEAD, 83 MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD, AND 55 INJURED. TOTAL DAMAGE HAS NOW BEEN ESTIMATED AT 350 MILLION DOLLARS (GBP125 MILLION).

    THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF REBUILDING GOT UNDER WAY IN ANCHORAGE IN 18 DEGREE TEMPERATURE ON MONDAY. CREWS DUG THROUGH THE RUBBLE IN AT LEAST A HALF DOZEN OTHER ALASKAN CITIES, SEEKING QUAKE VICTIMS. IT IS FEARED THAT SCORES OF ALEUT AND ESKIMO NATIVES IN REMOTE VILLAGES WERE KILLED.

    IN KODIAK, A CITY OF 3500 ON KODIAK ISLAND, MARTIAL LAW WAS DECLARED. ARMED SAILORS AND MARINES PATROLLED THE DEVASTATED AREA, AND NO ONE WAS PERMITTED IN WITHOUT A SPECIAL POLICE PASS. BUILDING COLLAPSED AND STOOD IN A JUMBLE THAT WILL HAVE TO BE BULLDOZED AND BURNED BEFORE PROPERTY LINES CAN BE DETERMINED AND REBUILDING STARTED.

    FISHING BOATS LAY IN THE STREETS A HALF MILE FROM THE HARBOUR. THREE OF THE FIVE FISH CANNERIES THAT ARE THE ECONOMIC LIFE-BLOOD OF THE ISLAND WERE DESTROYED; THE OTHER TWO WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED. OF THE 100 BOATS IN THE HARBOUR WHEN THE TIDAL WAVES STRUCK, ONLY 40 HAD BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR.

    AS FAR AS COULD BE DETERMINED, MOST OF THE DEAD IN KODIAK WERE SWEPT AWAY BY THE TIDAL WAVES. THE TOLL WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH HIGHER BUT POLICE MANAGED TO GIVE RESIDENTS THIRTY MINUTES WARNING OF THE IMPENDING WAVES, AND SO THE TOWN WAS NEARLY EMPTY WHEN THEY STRUCK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SDBC8KV54SW2GLDCUWNIAOPC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SDBC8KV54SW2GLDCUWNIAOPC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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