• Short Summary

    A TIDAL WAVE REACTION FROM THE ALASKA EARTHQUAKE SWAMPED THE DOWNTOWN SECTION OF CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA, EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING, KILLING AT LEAST NINE PEOPLE.

  • Description

    1.
    GV WRECKAGE & DEBRIS BEING CLEARED FROM STREETS.
    0.09

    2.
    GV DEBRIS STREWN STREET.
    0.14

    3.
    SV WRECKED CARS OUTSIDE SHOWROOM.
    0.24

    4.
    GV OIL STORAGE TANK ABLAZE.
    0.27

    5.
    GV BURNING DEBRIS.
    0.31

    6.
    CV BURNING OIL TANK.
    0.36

    7.
    LV DITTO.
    0.41

    8.
    GV PAN... FLOODED AREA.
    0.46

    9.
    GV & MV... BODY IS DRAGGED FROM WATER. (3 SHOTS).
    1.01

    10.
    SV MOTEL WITH FRONT WRECKED.
    1.09

    11.
    GV WRECKED MAIN STREET OF CRESCENT CITY.
    1.17

    12.
    GV MORE WRECKED STREETS AND VARIOUS OF DAMAGE (5 SHOTS).
    1.37

    13.
    CV 'QUARANTINE' SIGN.
    1.43

    14.
    SV PEOPLE RECEIVE FOOD FROM HELPERS (2 SHOTS).
    1.57

    15.
    GV PAN... WRECKED AREA.
    2.00



    Initials RE/N/CR/LW



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A TIDAL WAVE REACTION FROM THE ALASKA EARTHQUAKE SWAMPED THE DOWNTOWN SECTION OF CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA, EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING, KILLING AT LEAST NINE PEOPLE. THE WAVE RAVAGED 56 SQUARE BLOCKS OF THE UNPROTECTED WATERFRONT OF THE CITY, A COMMUNITY OF 3,000 PEOPLE.

    THE WALL OF WATER, FIVE FEET HIGH, BATTERED DOWN WALLS, KNOCKED OUR ELECTRIC POWER AND IGNITED FIRES WHICH BLEW UP OIL TANKS AND RAZED BUSINESS PREMISES. NATIONAL GUARDSMEN AND POLICE PATROLLED THE STREET TO PREVENT LOOTING. MEANWHILE, THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SET UP A DISASTER SHELTER ON THE CITY'S OUTSKIRTS.

    PEOPLE IN THE TOWN DID NOT WORRY WHEN A SMALL WAVE HIT THE COAST. THEN CAME MUCH BIGGER WAVES, WHICH SENT WATER CRASHING THROUGH THE STREETS. FINALLY A GIANT WAVE ROLLED IN, SUBSIDING TO LEAVE BEHIND A RUINED COMMUNITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF50MIBTQ0EFI4L43X25P72J6D
    Media URN:
    VLVAF50MIBTQ0EFI4L43X25P72J6D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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