In 1964, Alaska's largest city became ground zero for one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. Similar to the devastating earthquake off the coast of Japan in 2011, the 1964 Alaska quake prompted a huge wall of water to strike the Alaskan coastline, causing further damage.
The quake was measured at a magnitude of 9.2. Aside from the tsunamis, the quake also produced destructive landslides, causing even more damage.
Though the city has been rebuilt, some Anchorage landmarks persist as reminders. For instance, an area now deemed Earthquake Park was where 75 houses were destroyed in the quake.