Field Observations on Effects of Alaska Earthquake of 10 July 1958

Science  13 Feb 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3346, pp. 394-395
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3346.394


The Alaska earthquake of 10 July 1958 was caused by movement on the Fairweather fault amounting to at least 21½ feet horizontally and 3½ feet vertically. Effects of strong shaking were evident over a large area in southeastern Alaska. In Lituya Bay an enormous wave, possibly resulting from a rockslide, reached a maximum height of more than 1700 feet.