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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 10:03 pm | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.


Nov. 4, 2002 — The largest earthquake in the state since 1964 rocked the Interior at 1:12 p.m. Sunday, tearing up highways, toppling fuel tanks and knocking a section of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline from its support members. The pipeline was shut down with no reported loss of oil.

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake lasted about two minutes and occurred on the same fault line as the 6.7 quake that shook the area 11 days ago. The epicenter was 90 miles south of Fairbanks, 35 miles east of Denali National Park and 45 miles northeast of Cantwell.


Nov. 4, 1987 — You had to search hard Tuesday for signs that is was Election Day in North Pole. There were no billboards with smiling photos of candidates, no campaign buttons, no election rallies, and no TV ads.

There was no controversy either.

However, the low-keyed election was not evidence of apathy, according to North Pole Mayor Carleta Lewis. Rather, it was an indication “there’s been no big, burning issues.”


Nov. 4, 1962 — George Cooper, Republican State Central Committee chairman, said today his form letter asking 200 Alaskans if they would be available for state service under Mike Stepovich wasn’t “monkey business,” but was “good, serious business.”


Nov. 4, 1937 — SEATTLE — Violent volcanic eruptions on Yunaska Island, one of the Aleutian Chain west of Unalaska Island are reported in a radio message to Seattle from the United States Bureau of Education’s motorship Boxer. The vessel passed within 15 miles northwest of Yunaska.

The message from the Boxer says that the eruptions covered the island with flames and that the disturbance was most violent in the center of the island, diminishing toward the east and west ends.

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