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Actions that saved lives, and actions that cost lives, as recounted by eyewitnesses to the tsunami from the largest earthquake ever measured—the magnitude 9.5 earthquake in Chile on May 22, 1960.
In interviews several decades later, people in Chile, Hawaii, and Japan recall the tsunami Their accounts contain lessons on tsunami survival: This report contains true stories that illustrate how to survive-and how not to survive-a tsunami.
Palmira Estrada, a nurse who survived the 1960 tsunami in Maullín, Chile, talks with interviewer Marco Cisternas in 1989.
Behind them stands a hospital that was evacuated during the tsunami.
Many people in Cascadia may think that “The Big One”-an earthquake of magnitude 9-will kill them before its tsunami rolls in. In the account, all the people in and near the town of Maullín, Chile, survived the biggest earthquake ever measured.
The stories provide a mixed bag of lessons about tsunami survival.
Many of these people, including the nurse at right, contended with the waves near their source, along the coast of Chile.
Others faced the tsunami many hours later in Hawaii and Japan.
It is meant for people who live, work, or play along coasts that tsunamis may strike.
Such coasts surround most of the Pacific Ocean but also include other areas, such as the shores of the Caribbean, eastern Canada, and the Mediterranean.