1964 earthquake

#2 for kindly philanthropist @floraldamerons… here is a remus/sirius AU based on the 1971 amchitka, alaska nuclear weapon tests, the 1964 anchorage earthquake (the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded), and more etc. etc. thank you to kayley for the inspiration, and i am sorry for butchering your prompt a little. 

The radio crackled. It was the boy again. “We’re coming for you,” he said. “Over.”

“We’re going ahead as planned,” Remus said. “You probably don’t want to be in the blast zone. Over.”

“You wouldn’t detonate it,” said the boy. He sounded, for the first time in their three-day CB acquaintance, a bit nervous. Their little boat was coming up through the inside passage probably from Seattle or some bougie Vancouver neighborhood like Kitsilano or South Cambie, and Remus had entertained the notion that the boy, and indeed no one else on the boat, had never been at sea for so long before. Anyway he went on: “You wouldn’t detonate it if you knew someone was close. Over.”

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reasons alaska is Fake

rainbows. just fucking rainbows everywhere. a rainbow that lasted for more than two hours before finally disappearing. a double rainbow. the first supernumerary bow I’ve ever seen in person. rainbows so bright they’re clearly visible in front of mountains, not just in open sky.

puffins. normal birds: graceful, smooth, how can they possibly fly? puffins: comical, flappy, make ridiculous thup thup thup sounds when they try to take off from water.

glaciers. so huge. so blue. produce their own wind?? that you can hear whistling through the fjords the glaciers have formed? I cried and laughed at the same time when I saw a glacier calve because my body couldn’t handle all the emotions.

landscape. the 1964 earthquake that hit  was the second strongest one ever recorded. 1963 alaska and 1965 alaska were just completely different and a lot of the effects are still visible today. there are entire “ghost forests” of spruce trees that died when their roots were exposed to saltwater after the land they were growing on just sank several feet.

fog/clouds. entire mountains just…appear and disappear. like yes denali is more visible some days than others and people talk about that a lot, but like there can be mountains when you drive somewhere and they’re gone when you drive back (and it’s definitely not because you went a different way – alaska has like no roads).

what are roads? in all fairness, alaska’s highway system is actually well-maintained and easily navigable. but that still leaves out a lot of the state. anchor point, the westernmost point accessible by north american highways, is in the middle of the state. the fucking state capital isn’t accessible by land, only by air or water.


Seldovia Boardwalk

Seldovia once was covered in boardwalks. Then the 1964 earthquake struck and the ground level dropped. This made it so much of the boardwalk would be submerged during high tide. Some of the residents combated this issue by drilling holes in the wood. After a while the city pooled funds and did away with much of the boardwalk. Today. This area has the only remaining historic boardwalk from the early 20th century.

The terrain 75 miles away from the epicentre of the destructive March 27, 1964 earthquake in Alaska. The earthquake had a magnitude 9.2 and was the second most violent earthquake ever recorded. Nearly 100,000 square miles of land had experienced vertical displacement of up to 38 feet. The earthquake also produced a tsunami that caused damage in Hawaii and Japan.


On March 27, 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Prince William Sound region of Alaska, the largest such event to ever occur in the United States. 

On the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Alaska earthquake, government agency FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) deployed the Alaska Shield exercise, an earthquake-response simulation in the same region, using geological data to model scenarios for emergency responders.

Learn more about earthquakes and tsunamis in Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters, now open