On This Day In 1946, The Unthinkable Happened In Hawaii
In the middle of the night on April 1, 1946, an undersea earthquake in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska triggered a massive tsunami that killed 159 people in Hawaii. Approximately 13,000 feet below the ocean’s surface a 7.4 magnitude tremor was recorded in the North Pacific, triggering deadly tidal waves through the Pacific.
Watch some chilling footage from that devastating day 70 years ago below.
After the devastating tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was established in order to predict and warn residents of potential tsunamis across the islands. Headquartered in Ewa Beach, the center is one of two tsunami warning centers operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. – the other center is in Palmer, Alaska.
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With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.