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Tidal Waves in Hawaii

Approximately 50 tidal waves - also called tsunamis - have been report in the Hawaiian Islands since the early 1800's. Seven of them caused major damage and two of those were caused by local seismic activity. The most devastating tidal waves in Hawaii in recent history occurred in 1946 and 1960, and in both cases the worst damage occurred on the northeast coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

1946 Tidal Wave
A tidal wave caused by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands struck Hawaii on April 1, 1946. 159 people were killed in Hawaii, mostly in the towns of Hilo and Laupahoehoe on the Big Island.

1960 Big Island Tidal Wave
A tidal wave caused by an earthquake in Chile struck Hawaii on May 23, 1960. The wave caused the the most damage in the town of Hilo where 61 people were killed.

Kauai Tidal Waves in 1946 and 1957
Photos and information about the most desctructive tidal waves to hit the Island of Kauai in recent history. From the Pacific Worlds Web site.

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