1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami Anniversary

Wednesday will mark the anniversary of the 1964 Alaska earthquake that generated the largest and best-recorded historical tsunami on the southern Washington coast.

115 deaths are associated with the event. Residents were able to see the tsunami in Grays Harbor County all along the coast. At Wreck Creek, waves were recorded at 5.5 feet and Ocean Shores recorded 2.9.

Damages included debris throughout the area, including damage to two bridges on State Highway 109, and a house and smaller buildings being lifted off foundations in Pacific Beach.

Coinciding with the anniversary, March 24-30 is Tsunami Preparedness Week.

According to Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace, the entire Washington coast is susceptible to tsunami and there is much evidence of numerous large tsunami events that impacted our coastal counties.

Residents are asked to learn the risks they face at home and at work. Family preparedness will help reduce the impact any significant severe disaster will have upon all members of your family.




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