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Drowned Forest in Girdwood, AK from 1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami

2016 (approx.)

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Shaking during the 1964 Alaska earthquake was felt as far away as Seattle, Washington, and its tsunamis caused 129 fatalities and about $2.3 billion in property losses (2013 dollars). This massive shift of the Pacific Plate also caused widespread, permanent land-level changes, which are still visible at Girdwood, Alaska, where the land dropped almost 2 meters (6.6 feet); the sudden incursion of seawater killed the trees but left them standing, resulting in a “drowned” forest.


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