Lituya Bay 1958 tsunami landslide

Lituya Bay 1958 tsunami landslide

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Caption: Lituya Bay 1958 tsunami landslide. Aerial photograph from August 1958 of the scar left behind following the landslide that caused the tsunami in Lituya Bay, Alaska, USA, on 9 July 1958. This narrow bay is subject to tsunamis caused by landslides from the surrounding mountains. The tsunami reached a height of 524 metres, and was the largest ever recorded. It was caused by a landslide of 30 million cubic metres of rock, loosened from this mountainside by an earthquake. This image is part of a series taken by D.J. Miller of the United States Geological Survey, showing the area before and after the 1958 tsunami.

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