1946 Aleutian Quake Triggered Massive Tsunami

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

One of the biggest tsunamis of the twentieth century was generated by an earthquake off the coast of the Aleutian Islands on April 1, 1946.

While a series of waves hit Hawaii, then California and even South America, causing destruction and deaths, a local tsunami 13 stories high devastated a Coast Guard lighthouse on Unimak Island.

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