Shake: Earthquakes in Interior Alaska

Major earthquakes are a part of the history and the future of Interior Alaska. The last 100 years have seen vast changes in how we understand these events and how the impact on the public has been recorded through local newspapers.

Shake entrance

Revisit the special exhibition, ShAKe at the UA Museum of the North. Start with a quick photographic tour to take you through the original ShAKe, and then explore the 21-part video tour (69 minute running time) to learn about earthquakes in Interior Alaska from guest curator, Carl Tape. For even more detail, read original articles across a century of headlines in our newspaper archive, and link to the UAF Geophysical Institute's Alaska Earthquake Center for real-time information on Alaska's latest earthquakes. For the most immersive ShAKe experience, download our new 3D app for Windows or Mac (available in September 2020), and be sure to share YOUR earthquake story as well as give us feedback on this virtual exhibition. 

Photographic Tour
Video Tour

Newspaper Archive

Share your Story

Immersive App

Links and Live Data

"Interior Alaska experiences large earthquakes. Magnitude 7+ earthquakes occur every few decades, but relatively few people in this mobile population have passed the stories to the next generation. The history of Interior earthquakes demonstrates that we are in a seismically active—and even hazardous—region.

Earthquakes happen every day in Alaska and major, damaging earthquakes happen in Interior Alaska every few decades. We can learn from past stories to prepare for the future. Our hope is that this exhibit will raise earthquake awareness in Interior Alaska, describe the extent of Alaska earthquakes, and look at how historical earthquakes were featured in the newspapers of the time.”

-- Guest Curator and Associate Professor of Geophysics, Carl Tape

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner University of Alaska Museum of the North UAF Earthquake Center NSF