Chenega Village, Knight Island

The March 1964 Alaska earthquake was the strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale. The quake triggered a tsunami that destroyed Chenega, an Alaska Native village on Knight Island in Prince William Sound. Sixty-eight people lived in Chenega at the time of the quake and 26 of them were killed. The original village was the oldest continuously inhabited community in the area. Although other communities hit hard by the disaster were rebuilt, the survivors of Chenega were relocated to Sawmill Bay on Chenega Island and never returned to their ancestral home. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the old Chenega Village site and Knight Island.