It was 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, when the terrain around 10-year-old Jerry Summers' feet opened up.

It was 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, when the terrain around 10-year-old Jerry Summers' feet opened up.

"We noticed that the neighborhood was starting to crumble. Trees were starting to fall. The neighbors across the street, their houses were starting to fall off the cliff into the ocean," says Summers, now 60 and living in the Rogue Valley. "These houses were falling, plummeting over the side. We noticed that the ground was breaking and coming toward us across the street."

The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, 9.2 in magnitude, is the largest U.S. earthquake ever recorded.

The event's 50th anniversary is tomorrow. Where were you when the earthquake occurred? Do you remember the resulting tsunami that hit Crescent City, Calif.?

The Mail Tribune is publishing a story on the quake in Thursday's paper and would love to include your reminiscences as well. Post your memories on our Facebook page — www.facebook.com/mailtribune — or email cnoah@mailtribune.com.

Summers' name has been corrected in this version