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March 27, 1964

5:36 P.M.

Prince William Sound, Alaska

For four horror-filled minutes

a force deep within the earth

caused mountains to sink,

valleys to rise

and the earth to tremble violently.

This second biggest earthquake in history

set off several seismic sea waves (tsunami)

which severely damaged

the cities of Valdez, Seward and Kodiak

and dealt a powerful blow to the

Alaska Railroad.

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