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5 Fun Facts About May 27 In Alaska History

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1. In 1937, the town of Palmer, Alaska was incorporated. Named after George Palmer, who helped to establish the Matanuska Valley Colony, the town is now home to over 6,000 residents.

2. In 1964, the Great Alaskan earthquake rocked the state, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 130 lives. At a magnitude of 9.2, it remains the strongest earthquake ever recorded in North America.

3. On May 27, 1987, the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound. Considered one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the spill released 11 million gallons of crude oil and caused extensive damage to the surrounding ecosystem.

4. In 1992, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was amended to allow for the creation of the Alaska Native Science Commission. The commission, which is composed of Alaska Native scientists and researchers, works to promote environmental and cultural sustainability in the state.

5. On May 27, 2002, the town of Galena was hit by a massive flood, which caused significant damage to homes and infrastructure. In the aftermath of the disaster, the community came together to rebuild, with many residents volunteering their time and resources to aid in the recovery effort.
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