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Once upon a time, the little logging town of Portage sided the coast of Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage, Alaska. Then on Good Friday, 1964, an earthquake measuring 9.2 on the moment magnitude scale caused the elevation of Portage to subside by more or less eight feet, to a height below sea level. The environs were flooded with salt water and the town was summarily abandoned. This photo shows what was probably the town's rail station before the calamity, which forced Alaska Rail to realign its right-of-way. Perhaps knowledgeable readers will verify? Scanned (and desaturated) Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.