1958 Lituya Bay Tsunami

  Lituya Bay, located within Glacier Bay National Park, along Alaska's southeastern coast (see map above), was the site of one of the largest local tsunamis ever recorded. On the night of July 7, 1958, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurred along the Fairweather Fault, the trace of which runs along the far northwestern portion of the bay. The epicenter of this quake was a scant 13 miles from Lityua Bay. The earthquake caused a large landslide in the bay, which produced a local tsunami of frightening size. Please click on the highlighted text, or on the map above for a close-up view of Lituya Bay, and more details regarding this tsunami.

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