Government Documents & Maps – Rasmuson Library – University of Alaska Fairbanks

ALASKAN EARTHQUAKE
NAUTICAL CHART SUPPLEMENTS SHOWING HARBOR FACILITY AND CHANNEL CHANGES
MAY, 1964.

This is a portfolio of eight provisional nautical chartlets indicating harbor and channel changes that occurred as a result of the March 27, 1964 Alaska earthquake, the largest in magnitude recorded in North America.

The portfolio was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Coast and Geodetic Survey. The chartlets consist of relevant sections of the standard Coast and Geodetic Survey nautical charts with transparent overlays for pre and post earthquake comparison. Seven of the chartlets are of Alaska harbors, and one is of the tsunami impacted harbor in Crescent City, California. They vary in size from 15×18 cm to 50×52 cm. The portfolio cover (53×53 cm.) includes a brief description of the contents and photographs of the earthquake damage.

The set is significant in that it shows navigation and shoreline changes due to the earthquake. Bibliographic records for the portfolio do not appear in OCLC’s WorldCat, or the GPO Monthly Catalog. Presumably, public distribution was limited.

Government Documents & Maps – Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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