Cleveland family reflects on 1964 Alaska earthquake
A family from Cleveland was in Alaska when the last earthquake occurred 54 years ago.
Peggie Shaw-Dale and her family recalled the day that changed their lives forever.
"I was thinking the world was coming to an end. It was just very scary,” Shaw-Dale said.
She said she remembers every little detail.
"The ground looked like Hawaii 5-0 waves,” Shaw-Dale said.
"The ground just look like an ocean. She calls it Hawaii 5-0. But the ripples were about four feet, five feet in the air from the ground.”
The family has booklets and photos of the 'Alaskan Quake' that occurred on Good Friday in 1964 in Anchorage, Alaska.
The 9.2 magnitude earthquake is the second largest earthquake recorded in history.
Photos of destroyed trains, boats and buildings trigger memories that still feel fresh nearly 50 years later. Gary Shaw said it’s a memory that never leaves you.
"If somebody walked through the house and the house was just shaking a little bit, my mother said I would turn white,” Shaw-Dale said.
The family moved back to Cleveland a year later.
Friday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit a few miles north of Anchorage.
The quake buckled roads and caused significant damage.
Gary Shaw knows the pain Anchorage residents are feeling.
"I told my wife, and I got down on my knees and started praying. She said 'are you praying?' I was praying for the people in Alaska. I said I don't know if anyone is going to get hurt or killed. I know what that's like,” Shaw said.
Anchorage authorities say no fatalities or serious injuries have been reported, but Peggie Shaw-Dale and Gary Shaw know Anchorage has a long road to recovery.