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Posted on 01/28/2014


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Tsunami

Tsunami
In 1964 a monstrous earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska sent silent impulses of energy 2000 miles through the sea to the little town of Crescent City, California.

People were warned of possible danger but they knew nothing of tsunamis, and many hurried down to the docks to see the wave come in. Thirteen of them died.

Though the destroyed buildings seem to have been rebuilt right back where they were before, Crescent City now worries about tsunamis. There are many of these blue signs. We noticed that none of them tell an ignorant tourist which way to run.

And as you see below, there is a spectacular mural. The artist chose to put it on a building outside of the hazard zone.

tsunami mural

7 comments - The latest ones
Mark Holloway
Mark Holloway
I wonder if Oklahoma has 'Tornado Zone' signs? What a waste of money.
3 years ago.
Meadowmom has replied to Mark Holloway
Now that's an interesting comparison: tornados and tsunamis!
I guess the difference is that the seismologists can warn you that a tsunami is coming directly at you a number of minutes or even hours before it gets there. What they can't predict (yet) is how high the wave will be.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
A disturbing tale
3 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
I've been to Crescent City. Don't remember seeing any of these signs. Interesting story.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Interesting information and images. Although the world now is far more aware of tsunamis than 50 years ago, that earlier lack of concern seems puzzling, as they have always been a risk.
3 years ago.
Clint
Clint
I've seen these signs in various locations, though usually there's an arrow marked evacuation route. I could probably figure out what direction is up, as I tend to keep track of that sort of thing, but I've known many people who would be lost.

And of course, similar signs with pictures of tornadoes wouldn't help Oklahomans--or Illinoians, for that matter--as this entire portion of the country is in the Tornado Zone. There is no higher ground. The equivalent, I suppose, would be the signs I see sometimes in public gathering places, like stadiums and such, pointing the way to the shelter.
3 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
I'm always a wee bit nervous traveling down the coast and through these tsunami zones. Like Clint, I try to keep some sense of which way I might run to get to higher ground or at least as far inland as I could! It's funny, but even in 1964, as a teenager living in eastern Washington I knew what a tsunami was and that if you were ever at the beach and saw the tide go rapidly out that you should head to high ground, not follow the retreating water out. Even today though, it seems like a lot of people are ignorant of that fact, even those who live in these hazard zones!
3 years ago.