"Unusual Secondary Effects of Large 1958 Alaska Earthquakes": Professor Emeritus Neil Davis to provide special seminar

March 14, 2013


Lituya Bay and evidence of the 1958 splash wave. USGS photo by D. Miller.Alaska's Lituya Bay is situated about 100 miles southeast of Yakutat and 40 miles west of Glacier Bay. It is the site of the largest splash wave ever recorded. In 1958, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake triggered a tremendous landslide into the ocean. The wave that followed reached 1,740 feet above sea level on a hill opposite the slide. The slide also triggered a wave more than 100 feet high that raced down the bay.


Neil Davis, a Fairbanks author, geophysicist, and emeritus professor at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, flew over Lituya Bay in a Super Cub two days after the earthquake. He will share information about what he found during that flight as well as other interesting effects from large earthquakes that occured in 1958 in a special seminar titled, "Unusual Secondary Effects of Large 1958 Alaska Earthquakes."


Davis' seminar will take place at noon on March 20 in Elvey Room 301.


Questions? Email silwal@gi.alaska.edu.



PHOTO CAPTION/CREDIT: USGS photo of Lituya Bay and the result of the '58 splash wave by D. Miller.