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The almost forgotten earthquake of the Alaska Gold Rush

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1222 Cowles Street
(Raven Landing Center, 1222 Cowles Street, across from the Noel Wein Public Library)

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Carl Tape
Associate Professor

On August 27, 1904, seismic stations from around the globe recorded a magnitude 7.3 earthquake originating from central Alaska. The earthquake occurred near the peak of the Gold Rush along the Yukon and Tanana rivers, yet there were---until now---no known written accounts of shaking from the earthquake. I will present five newly discovered accounts of shaking from this earthquake, spanning from St. Michael in western Alaska to Fairbanks and from the Kenai peninsula to Coldfoot. I will discuss the implications of the 1904 earthquake for major faults and seismic hazards in central Alaska.