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1946 Hawaii Tsunami

Yesterday marked the 67th anniversary of the 1946 tsunami that hit Hawaii.  An earthquake off the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, measured 8.6 on the Richter Scale sending a series of massive waves across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii.  There were no sirens to warn local residents.  As the tide receded, fish were left flopping on the beaches and reefs.  Children on their way to school ran down to the shores to collect these fish as their teachers followed.  There was talk that a tidal wave was approaching, but it was April Fools’ Day and many thought it was a joke.  It wasn’t a tidal wave, but a tsunami. Massive walls of moving water destroyed 1,300 homes. Across Hawaii, 159 people were killed.

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