What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 32

EPISODE #707

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 05, 1964 on CBS

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    • 1964 ALASKA EARTHQUAKE: Lowell Thomas made an impassioned plea for Americans to donate generously to "help Alaska." Although he didn't use the word "earthquake," on Friday, March 27, 1964, Alaska had recently suffered what is, as of this writing in June 2006, the most powerful seismic activity ever recorded in the United States. Its magnitude was 9.2 on the open-ended Richter scale. The Great Alaska Earthquake, also remembered as The Good Friday Earthquake, literally shook the world. Among the more than 100 casualties, 12 people in California were killed by the resulting tidal wave, and several fishing boats were sunk off the Louisiana coast in the oceanic disturbance generated by the quake. As far away as Spain, terrified residents reported water sloshing out of their wells. Property damage was extensive - the estimate was over 300 million dollars US, the equivalent of nearly two billion dollars in 2006. - Lee McIntyre

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