Giant tidal waves - generated from the Chilean earthquakes - lashed islands and continents circling and dotting the Pacific Ocean, May 23.
AIR V. Of Hilo, port city of Hawaii.
STV. Waves over waterfront.
TOP V.PAN.Debris in street and dwellings.
NEARER V.Man looking at wrecked dwelling.
SV.PAN. Wrecked dwelling.
GV. Wreckage across roadway.
STV. Debris and wrecked cars.
BACK V. Two women looking at debris.
SV. Weeping women.
LV. Stray pigs amongst wreckage.
CU. Dead fish.
SBV. Man walking along with belongings.
SV. Men clearing away wreckage from dwelling.
SV.PAN. Lorry passes with salvage belongings.
SV. Men and rescuers amongst wreckage.
ANGLE SHOT.Telegraph pole.
LV. People alongside wrecked building
SV. People retrieving belongings amongst wreckage.
STV. Stray pigs amongst debris.
SV. Woman consoling another weeping woman.
GV.PAN. Up from group of men to debris, and devastated area.
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Background: Giant tidal waves - generated from the Chilean earthquakes - lashed islands and continents circling and dotting the Pacific Ocean, May 23. The Pacific erupted with seismic sea waves rushing inland, destroying life and property. Hilo, port city of Hawaii, suffered at least 39 fatalities and many injured. GBP16 million worth of damage to the waterfront installations is double that of the 1946 disaster in which 159 people lost their lives.
500 buildings were swept away by the rampaging, chopping waves. Women wept as they searched hopelessly through debris for lost possessions. Nearby islands suffered similar casualties - Maui island's cannery plant, docks and harbour were severely hit.
Violent tidal waves hit Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Formosa, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. United States Air Force helicopters played a major part in rescue and relief missions in the worst hit areas throughout the Pacific.
Latest reports estimate the toll of dead and missing in Chile - still being battered by earthquakes - at nearly 6,000, with many more thousands injured and half a million homeless. Whole communities have been wiped out and officials say it would be better to build new towns rather than salvage the old.