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The Deadly History Of This Hawaii Harbor Is Terrifying But True

Believe it or not, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor wasn’t the only disastrous event to take place at this historic military installation in the 1940s. Though certainly not as deadly or tragic as the notorious Japanese attack, the West Loch disaster was quite disastrous in its own right. The incident, which occurred Sunday, May 21 at approximately three in the afternoon, began after an explosion in the staging area for Landing Ships, Tanks (LSTs) and other amphibious assault ships in Pearl Harbor’s west loch.

For more information about Pearl Harbor’s tragedy, take a look at this rare footage from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as these 14 chilling photographs taken on that fateful day.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. She is obsessed with hiking, beach trips, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.