Chenega Village after tsunami waves hit in 1964

Photograph shows what remains of a building foundation in the foreground and a house in the background and up a slight elevation

Detailed Description

Photograph taken in 1964 of the main part of the Chenega village site in Alaska. Pilings in the ground mark the former locations of homes swept away by tsunami waves. The schoolhouse on high ground was undamaged. Credit: Figure 6 from Plafker et al. (1969).


Image Dimensions: 2000 x 1416

Date Taken:

Location Taken: Chenega, AK, US


Effects of the Earthquake of March 27, 1964, on Various Communities
The 1964 earthquake caused wide- spread damage to inhabited places throughout more than 60,000 square miles of south-central Alaska. This report describes damage to all communities in the area except Anchorage, Whittier, Homer, Valdez, Seward, the communities of the Kodiak group of islands, and communities in the Copper River Basin; these were discussed in previous chapters of the Geological Survey's series of reports on the earthquake.