Great Alaskan Earthquake


On Easter Sunday in 1964, one of the strongest earthquakes in North American history struck Alaska with the city of Anchorage being the worst hit.

Amidst the destruction and despair, a voice emerged over the airwaves that would go on to become one of the unlikely heroes of the disaster.

Genie Chance was a local radio journalist who rushed to the station when the earthquake struck. For the next few days, she broadcast around the clock helping the dazed and confused locals find their loved ones and relayed messages of hope and encouragement.

Colm Flynn speaks to author and journalist Jon Mooallem, who just published a new book, ‘This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together’, about this remarkable woman.