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WATCH: Unstable Ground: The Story of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

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Published: Mar. 26, 2017 at 5:21 PM AKDT
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In a statement Friday, Governor Bill Walker proclaimed that Monday, March 27 will hereby be known in the state as "Earthquake Remembrance Day."

Governor Walker has ordered all state flags to be lowered on the 27th, "in honor of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunamis," the statement said. The flags will be returned the following day.

This date is tied to the historic earthquake that devastated Alaska on March 27, 1964. The earthquake was massive, measuring at a whopping 9.2 magnitude on the Richter magnitude scale, and triggered resulting tsunamis on the West Coast.

A total of 130 people lost their lives as a result of the earthquake, and 75 homes in Anchorage were destroyed in a resulting landslide. Walker said that his own town of Valdez lost "over 30 friends and neighbors."

When it comes to the lasting lesson Alaska has learned, Walker said it's a good time to prepare. “I encourage all Alaskans to be sure their emergency plans and kits are prepared for any future natural disasters,” Walker said in the statement.

To learn more about the historic earthquake, watch the KTUU-produced documentary "Unstable Ground," uploaded in full above.

The five part documentary was originally aired by Channel 2 on the 50th Anniversary of the 9.2 magnitude quake, which was the second largest in recorded history.