It was a 4.1 richter, but we are still a little hypersensitive. Russia (not USSR) sold Alaska to the U.S. in part to keep the British from getting it. They were having trouble supplying their colony, and were having to hire merchants in California to supply food to Alaska anyway. The Canadians didn't want it, mostly because they were having troubles of their own supplying British Columbia and there was a move in Vancouver at one time to secede from Canada and join Alaska as a territory of the U.S. Canada punched the railroad through the mountains eventually, so the problem of supply was solved. Remember there was no Panama Canal then, so supplies had to come by ship from the east coast of Canada or Europe, around one of the Capes (Horn or Good Hope) or through the new Suez Canal (from Europe). Canada DID save the salmon in the Southeast part of Alaska at one time. Canners from Washington state and California decided to come up and block the rivers to harvest all the salmon at one time (no thought for the future) and Canada sent their navy in to open the rivers so Canadians could harvest a share of the fish. It is regulated by treaty now. I think Alaska is best as part of the U.S., but there are those here who want to be their own nation since so many in the Lower 48 want to keep Alaska as the "Largest National Park".