Good Friday Alaska earthquake and Florida “aftershock”

In 1964 Alaska got rocked with what is the second strongest earthquake on record globally. Measuring a 9.2 on the Richter Scale, the quake occurred on March 27, 1964 and broke all records for the most intense Earthquake in North America. Aftershocks and impacts were felt throughout the North American continent…including believe it or not here in Florida.

An artesian aquifer close to the entrance to Everglades National Park in Dade County was impacted. The aquifer which was near Lake Chekika saw its water flow rate double from 3 million gallons per day to 6 million gallons per day, just an hour after the initial tremor. Massive seismic surface waves were observed in Texas and California bore a lot of the brunt of the aftershocks from the Earthquake.

Something worth remembering today, 52 years later to the day.


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