Earthquake Stories from Minto and Nenana, Alaska

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Show simple item record Tape, Carl 2018-09-15T14:58:40Z 2015-07-13T23:27:11Z 2018-09-15T14:58:40Z 2015-07-13
dc.description.abstract On Wednesday October 15, 1947 at 4:10pm local time, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Interior Alaska, near Healy. This is a collection of stories of six life-long Alaskan elders who felt this earthquake and shared their recollections in fall of 2014, sixty-seven years after the earthquake. Geraldine Charlie had recently turned 18 years old and worked in the village store in Minto when the earthquake hit. Geraldine was crouching down to weigh a bag of potatoes at the moment the earthquake hit. She felt dizzy and noticed Coleman lanterns swaying from side to side, and items shook off the shelves. Sarah Silas and Berkman Silas were also in Minto and had been married for three years. Sarah recalls watching her toddler son, who laughed as he tried to maintain his balance as the floor rolled back and forth under his feet. Berkman and other men were ice fishing near Little Goldstream Creek when the earthquake hit. Rafting ice caused the men to run for the shore. Paul Esau was near Tolovana working on the roof of their home. Caroline Ketzler was up in their food cache at their home up the Kantishna River. Henry Ketzler was in a cabin in Nenana and ran for the exit, only to hit the door frame as it shook with the entire house. These are their stories from 1947. Also discussed are the effects from the 1912 Katmai eruption, the 1937 Salcha earthquake, and the 1964 magnitude-9 earthquake in southern Alaska. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship These interviews were collected as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, grant EAR-1352688, “CAREER: Intraplate tectonics and deep crustal faulting in rural Alaska”. Support was also provided from a subaward from IRIS to UAF ("University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute in Support of EarthScope’s Transportable Array"). This subaward is awarded under Cooperative Agreement No. EAR-1261681 issued by the National Science Foundation under CFDA No. 47.050. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject earthquakes; oral history; Alaska; 1947 earthquake en_US
dc.title Earthquake Stories from Minto and Nenana, Alaska en_US
dc.type Recording, oral en_US
dc.type Report en_US

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