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Earthquake & Tunami in Alaska and Hawaii...

Item # 584743

April 02, 1946

THE TOPEKA DAILY CAPITAL, Topeka, Kansas, April 2, 1946.

* Alleutian Islands Earthquake
* Alaska & Hawaii Tsunami

This 12 page newspaper has a nice banner headline on the front page: "TIDAL WAVE CHURNS PACIFIC OCEAN"with subheads (see images).
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Some spine wear, otherwise nice condition.

Background Information: The Aleutian Islands earthquake was an earthquake near the Aleutian Islands on April 1, 1946. It was followed by a Pacific-wide tsunami. The earthquake was a magnitude 7.8, with its epicenter at 52.8N, 163.5W, and focal depth of 25 km. It resulted in 165 casualties (159 people on Hawaii and six in Alaska) and over $26 million in damages. It prompted the creation of the Seismic Sea Wave Warning System, which later became the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in 1949. Scientists think the tsunami may have started from an earthquake triggering a landslide.

The tsunami is locally known in Hawaii as the April Fools Day Tsunami in Hawaii due to people thinking the warnings were an April Fool's prank.

Category: The 20th Century