Flooded street in Midway Island after 1952 Kamchatka tsunami

Flooded street in Midway Island after 1952 Kamchatka tsunami

Flooded street in Midway Island after 1952 Kamchatka tsunami, about 3,000 km (1865 mi) away from the origin. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy. Source: washington.edu

On November 4, 1952, at 16:58 GMT (04:58 local time) a huge earthquake struck off the coast of Kamchatka Peninsula, in the far east of Russia. It produced a great destructive Pacific-wide tsunami with waves up to 15 meters (50 feet) which caused extensive damage to the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands, left an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people dead. It was also very damaging in the Hawaiian Islands, but there were no human deaths attributed to the tsunami. The waves traveled as far as Peru, Chili and New Zealand. In Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and California, tsunami waves of up to 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) were observed.

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