In Alaska on Good Friday, one minister was among the estimated 200 killed by the severest earthquake ever measured on the North American continent.
The minister, 33-year-old Duane Carricker, pastor of the Assemblies of God Church in Valdez, was swept to his death in a tidal wave following the earthquake.
Reports from Alaska indicate that people in the hardest-hit areas were able to be evacuated and cared for by rescue agencies. Damage to church property was widespread but in most places was not severe.
Easter services were held in churches without heat or electricity, or in garages, shops, and homes.
The Rev. Floyd R. Brause, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Anchorage, said:
“Our Easter services … didn’t set any attendance records, but we had the most thankful people ever to attend any Easter Sunday services.”
Here is a breakdown by denomination compiled from the sketchy reports available:
—Assemblies of God: unestimated property damage.
—Lutheran (Missouri Synod): damage to Anchorage Lutheran Church estimated at 40 to 50 per cent.
—Methodist: total cost of repairs estimated at $500,000. Damage to Alaska Methodist University estimated at $100,000. Also damaged: the Jesse Lee Children’s Home and the Wesleyan Hospital for Chronic Diseases, both in Seward.
—Protestant Episcopal: one member of the denomination among the known dead; church, rectory, and parish hall at Valdez destroyed. Damage in Valdez estimated at $60,000.
—Southern Baptist: many churches damaged; total loss apparently not extensive.
Reports on other denominations were either not available or inconclusive; the full extent of the damage to all church property is still in doubt. Denominational offices tried to keep abreast of the situation by telephone and amateur ...1
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