The 1964 Tsunami Strikes Whittier

  The town of Whittier, located at the end of Passage Canal, off Prince William Sound (see map above), was struck by three tsunami waves. The second and third waves were 30 to 40 feet high. Since the waves struck almost immediately after the earthquake ended the citizens of Whittier had no warning, and 13 people were killed. The tsunami destroyed the railroad depot, two sawmills, many homes, and started a fire at the Union Oil Company Tank Farm that added to the destruction. The photo below illustrates the power of the tsunami that struck Whittier.  


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