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30th Anniversary Tsunami Talk Series – 1964 Great Alaska Quake

March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us for our 30th Anniversary Tsunami Talk Series, where we will commemorate three decades of educating and raising awareness about tsunami preparedness and resilience here at the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Cindi Preller will kick off this special series by delving into the science and the historical significance of the 1964 Good Friday Great Alaska Quake and the questions “Why didn’t this Earthquake impact Hawaii more?” Discover the stories behind this seismic event and its lasting implications for coastal communities.

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Doors open at 4:30 PM, and the talk begins at 5:00 PM and will run approximately for 1 hour.

Graphic images may be shown, but warned ahead of time.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of our special anniversary series.


Detailed information about the event below

The 1964 Good Friday Alaska earthquake, one of the most powerful recorded in North American history, struck on March 27, 1964. With a magnitude of 9.2, it remains the second-largest earthquake ever recorded worldwide. The quake triggered a devastating tsunami that caused widespread destruction along the Alaskan coastline and beyond, reaching as far as California and Hawaii. The disaster claimed over 100 lives and caused extensive damage to infrastructure, highlighting the profound impact of seismic events on coastal communities.

Speaker Information

Cindi Preller, Executive Director at the Pacific Tsunami Museum, will give a detailed talk with highlights of the science behind the disaster, survival stories and recovery. She will also address the question “Why didn’t this earthquake impact the Hawaiian Island more?

With a wealth of experience in tsunami awareness and education, Cindi has held significant roles including Senior Duty Scientist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she monitored tsunamigenic earthquakes globally. Previously, she served as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the International Tsunami Information Center and Tsunami Program Manager for the National Weather Service’s Alaska Region. Cindi’s expertise extends to national committees and advisory boards, and she is a sought-after speaker internationally. With a background in geology, physics, and education, Cindi brings a unique blend of knowledge and passion to her role.



March 30
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Pacific Tsunami Museum
130 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, HI 96720 United States
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