The Alaska Earth Quake:

Part 1

March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM:

  March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM will be a moment in my life I will never forget, my mom and dad were at work, we owned a TV and Radio store in Anchorage so I took care of my sister while they were at work, my sister and I were outside playing in the woods beside our house. At that time I was 13 years old and my sister was 9 years old, when the earth quake started, this is not unusually in Alaska but it started to shake pretty good and I was worried a tree might fall on us so I told my sister "We needed to run out into the pipeline so we don't get hit by any falling trees", so we ran out of the woods and stood in the middle of the road which run along the side of the under ground Natural Gas pipeline behind our house. by this time it was shacking so hard we knelt down in the road because it was to hard to stand up. I had never thought about what would have happened if the pipeline had ruptured during the quake with us standing right next to it.

  When the ground stopped shacking, we looked at each other and then ran back to the house to see what happened. When we opened the door to the basement, I couldn't believe it, everything was on the floor, just one big jumbled mess, my sister started crying and when I asked her what was wrong and she said "Mom and dad were going to be mad at us for getting into a fight and tearing the house up." A note here, like most brothers and sisters we didn't always get along to well. I told her "No we aren't going to get into trouble I am sure mom and dad felt the quake." Well I don't think she believed me at first but she calmed down and we just stood there looking at the mess and after a while I told her we should make sure the water and electricity is off, So we started to check and see what might need to be turned off and If there was any thing we needed to take care of, the refrigerator door was open and most of the things were on the floor. We went around and started to pick up some of the things that were on the floor. What items were not broken or spread all over the floor we got back into the refrigerator the best we could. Well it was a couple of hours before my mom got home and it was dark outside and I will have to tell you we were sure glad to see her drive up.............

 Continued: Going to get Dad




 Does it get COLD


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