Kerschner Collection image of one of the waves in 1946

One of the newly acquired aerial images from the 1946 tsunami. An earthquake in the Aleutian Islands generated a tsunami that struck the Hawaiian Islands at approximately 7 a.m., about the time that people were having breakfast or getting ready for work and school. There was no warning system in 1946; therefore, people were taken by surprise. Witnesses stated that before the third wave came into Hilo Harbor, the water receded all the way out to Hilo’s breakwater. Photo Courtesy of the PTA Archives: James Kerschner’s U.S. Naval Air Station Collection.

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