Lessons From A Disaster: The 1964 Alaska Quake

In 1964, the second most powerful earthquake in recorded history struck Alaska, leveling the city of Valdez and destroying an island village. Henry Fountain joins us to tell the story of the geologist who studied the quake’s aftermath and redefined our understanding of plate tectonics. His new book is called “The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet” (Crown).