Tsunami Watch

7 Places Hit by the Most Destructive Tsunamis in Modern Times

Lituya Bay, Alaska (July 9, 1958)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake, waves as high as 1,720 feet

 

Chile (May 22, 1960)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 8.6 earthquake, surge reached as high as 75 feet, over one thousand combined death toll in Chile and Hawaii

 

Valdez, Alaska (March 27, 1964)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 8.4 earthquake, tsunami as high as 201 feet

 

Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines (Aug. 23, 1976)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake, estimated combined number of dead and missing was pegged at around 8,000

 

Papua New Guinea (July 17, 1998)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, 15-meter tall devastated coastal areas with death toll reaching 2,200

 

Indonesia (Dec. 26, 2004)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 9.1 to 9.3 earthquake, known as the Indian Ocean tsunami; 230,000 killed

 

Pacific Coast, Japan (March 11, 2011)
::: Triggered by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake, 33-foot high tsunami caused massive destruction and damage, more than 18,000 killed and missing