Tsunamis

50 Years After Oregon Tsunami
10:03 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Fatal Tsunami Hit Oregon Coast 50 Years Ago

Credit Cannon Beach Historical Society

This week marks 50 years since a lethal tsunami hit Oregon's shores. A lot has changed since then.

Fifty years ago, here at Beverly Beach, on a star-lit night, the McKenzie family, from Tacoma, was camping in a lean-to. A tsunami took away their children. A magnitude nine quake off Alaska in 1964 generated a series of waves that grew dramatically higher as they reached the coast four hours later.  In Cannon Beach, the downtown was flooded and houses floated away.  Peter Lindsey watched from high ground:

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