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Little did Anchorage residents know that on Good Friday in 1964 they would confront the most powerful earthquake on record in the United States—and the second most powerful in the world. Registering 9.2 on the Richter scale, the four-and-a-half-minute quake and subsequent tsunamis in nearby coastal towns led to the collapse of houses, schools, and other noteworthy buildings as well as heavy damage to streets, transportation routes, and ports. The historic event racked up $350 million in property damage, which amounts to around $2.8 billion in today's dollars.
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