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“It Is a Major Disaster”

 

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Conversation Details

At approximately three o’clock a.m. on 28 March 1964, President Johnson spoke with White House press secretary George E. Reedy about an earthquake that had just struck Alaska. It was the largest earthquake recorded in U.S. history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter Scale and triggering a dangerous tsunami. Audibly groggy and sick with a cold, Johnson gave instructions to Reedy.

 

Date:
March 28, 1964
Topic:
Natural Disasters
Location:
LBJ Ranch
Conversation:
WH6403-17-2681

Conversation Participants