Great earthquakes occurring near population centers have caused permanent changes in the way a whole nation feels and thinks. The Alaskan earthquake in March certainly qualifies among the great ones but it is unlikely to change the nation's outlook for one reason: the relatively low loss of life resulting from the fact that most of the major buildings in the earthquake area were designed to resist earthquakes. The over-all record of building technology was indeed good. In the greater Anchorage area where the population was over 100,000, there were less than a dozen victims of structural failures. However, it was not without blemish and it is hoped that the aftermath of the Alaskan earthquake will cause permanent changes in the methods of design and construction. Structural connections in Anchorage were put to a severe test and problems came to the surface in several ways. One problem was the overnourished connection. It was gratifying to discover that many designers had been acutely aware of the importance of the connection. However, practical considerations appeared to have been overlooked. For example, splicing several large diameter bars in an already overcrowded column core defeats the purpose of the splice if no concrete can be placed between the bars. Another problem was the undernourished connection. Apparently some designers left the detailing of the connections to the discretion of the subprofessionals. Many of these connections failed because of lack of continuity. The third problem was the case of no connection. There were some precast housing where horizontal members were simply placed on vertical ones. This is unacceptable and it should be possible to achieve strength and ductility in connections of precast buildings within bounds of economy. Probably the most unassailable generalization that can be made about the experience in Anchorage is that the inspection of the constructions could have been better. The better performance of the structures in the military bases around Anchorage, where inspection procedures had been evidently better, demonstrated the benefits of good inspection quite clearly.