• Nov. 1, 1755: After a huge earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and rocked much of Europe, people took safe haven by boat. A tsunami ensue, as did vast fires. Overall, the incident killed more than 60,000 people. 
  • Aug. 27, 1883: Eruptions from the Krakatoa volcano fueled a tsunami that drown 36,000 people in the Indonesian Islands of western Java and southern Sumatra. The strength of the waves pushed coral block as large as 600 tons onto the seashore. 
  • June 15, 1896: Waves was far above the ground as 100 feet (30 meters), spawn by an earthquake, swept the east coast of Japan. Some 27,000 people died. 
  • April 1, 1946: The April Fools tsunami, trigger by an earthquake in Alaska, killed 159 people, mostly in Hawaii. 
  • July 9, 1958: Regarded as the largest record in modern times, the tsunami in Lituya Bay, Alaska was caused by a mud slide triggered by an 8.3 degree earthquake. Waves reached a height of 1,720 feet (576 meters) in the bay, but because the area is moderately lonely and in a unique geologic setting the tsunami did not cause much damage elsewhere. It sank a single ship, killing two fishermen. 
  • May 22, 1960: The largest recorded earthquake, scale 8.6 in Chile, created a tsunami that hit the Chilean coast within 15 minutes. The surge, up to 75 feet (25 meters) high, killed an expected 1,500 people in Chile and Hawaii.
  • March 27, 1964: The Alaskan Good Friday earthquake, scale between 8.4, spawned a 201-foot (67-meter) tsunami in the Valdez Inlet. It traveled at over 400 mph, killing more than 120 people. Ten of the deaths occur in Crescent City, in northern California, which saw waves as high as 20 feet (6.3 meters). 
  • Aug. 23, 1976: A tsunami in the southwest Philippines killed 8,000 on the heels of an earthquake. 
  • July 17, 1998: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake generate a tsunami in Papua New Guinea that rapidly killed 2,200.
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