Map of Lituya Bay, showing extent of damage from tsunami (USGS)

The Other Great Alaskan Earthquake


Sixty years ago this month, on the quiet evening of July 9, 1958, the Fairweather Fault in Southeastern Alaska shifted 21 feet laterally and three feet vertically, a ML 7.8 earthquake. The violent shaking caused a massive landslide at the head of the Lituya Bay, on the northeasterly wall of Gilbert Inlet. From as high…