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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In Alaska History

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1. On March 22, 1964, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in North America, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, struck Alaska, causing widespread damage and triggering tsunamis that ravaged the coastline. The quake lasted nearly four minutes and was felt as far away as California.

2. In 2002, on March 22, two avalanche victims were rescued by helicopter from the Chugach Mountains in Alaska after being buried for over 18 hours in the snow. The two skiers were part of a larger group and were skiing off-trail when they were caught in an avalanche triggered by heavy snowfall and high winds.

3. On March 22, 1957, the first successful unmanned launch of a U.S. satellite, called Explorer III, took place from the Atlantic Missile Range in Florida. The satellite was a joint effort between the Army Ballistics Missile Agency and NASA and was designed to study the Earth's magnetic fields.

4. In 1898, on March 22, gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska, sparking a gold rush that lasted for several years. The discovery was made by three prospectors who found gold nuggets on Anvil Creek, which led to a rush of miners traveling to the area in search of riches.

5. On March 22, 1983, the C-123 Provider cargo plane carrying 17 people, including U.S. Congressman Nick Begich, disappeared over Alaska en route to Juneau from Anchorage. The wreckage was never found, and the events surrounding the disappearance have fueled conspiracy theories and speculation for decades.
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