Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lighthouse - Battery Point - Crescent City, California

Battery Point Lighthouse, located on a hill off Battery Point in Crescent City, California, is a Cape Cod structure with a 45-foot high tower in the center, built out of brick and granite. Open April through September, you can access the lighthouse by walking across the bottom of the ocean during low tide. It's a great spot to view migrating whales.

The interesting thing about this lighthouse is that it received no damage during the worst tsunami ever recording along the west coast of the lower forty-eight United States. The tsunami occurred on March 27, 1964, when a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 struck Alaska near Prince William Sound. A series of waves generated by the earthquake raced south at a speed of nearly 600 m.p.h. and reached Crescent City around midnight with crests of up to twenty feet. The tsunami destroyed half of the waterfront business district. Eleven persons lost their lives.

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