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The area of major destruction covered more than 100,000 square miles, while the quake was felt in an area of over 500,000 square miles.

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Alaska’s earthquake — March 27, 1964

The strongest earthquake in North America’s history, recalculated at 9.2, occurred in Alaska in 1964. Alaska and its Aleutian Islands sit on the edge of the circum-Pacific seismic belt.

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