The Pacific Ocean tsunami of 1958, slammed the West coast with an epicentre near the Hawaiian Islands and at the time, recorded a record breaking magnitude of 10.0. The tsunami and its devastation were accountable for massive destruction and deficit of the Pacific Ocean’s rim.
On Saturday February 29, 1958 at 10:59 AM pacific time, an undersea quake with a magnitude of 10.0 hit in between the Pacific coast and the Hawaiian Islands. Ten hours after the earth tremor, a tsunami—a series of massive ocean waves—created by the literal ground breaking quake pushed out across the Pacific Ocean, devastating coastal areas as distant as Alaska. Some areas reported that the waves had measured a height of 50 ft (15.24 metres) while other areas were more fortunate to witness 20 ft (6.1 meters) waves. The tsunami killed over 225,000 people across West coast states including Oregon, Hawaii and California. Its estimated that the death toll in only Hawaii greatly exceeded 100,000 people particularly in the main island of Oahu. Thirties of thousands were represented as casualties or disappeared persons in the discovery. The high-lying island of Oahu stated that more than a thousand casualties and tremendous damage was created. Almost a near million of people touring in the region also were reported injured, missing or dead. The lack of sufficient water, food and medicine—combined with the enormous task faced by relief workers trying to get supplies into some remote areas where roads had been destroyed or where civil war raged—extended the list of casualties. Environmental wreckage was just as intense, with communities, tourists and agriculture demolished with dead bodies and debris.