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And now it has happened again in Crescent City!

  • Mar 12, 2011
Watching the heartbreaking reports eminating from the East Coast of Japan one cannot help but be dumbfounded by the awesome power of Mother Nature and the fragility of our existence on this planet.  Being from the East Coast I simply cannot fathom the sheer terror of being caught up in a tsunami.  Sure, we have powerful hurricanes to deal with on a fairly regular basis but in most cases people have plenty of advance notice and time to evacuate or make adequate preparations. This was certainly not the case yesterday in Japan or for the good people of Crescent City, California on the evening of March 27, 1964.

In "The Raging Sea:  The Powerful Account of The Worst Tsunami in U.S. History" author Dennis Powers has done a workmanlike job of recreating the events of that horrible and heartbreaking night nearly four decades ago.  You will come to understand just what forces in nature bring about these killer waves.  Knowing little or nothing about tsunamis I was stunned to learn that an earthquake in Alaska could set in motion natural forces that would ultimately wreak death and destruction all along the West Coast on that fateful night. The residents of Crescent City and numerous other coastal towns had virtually no time to prepare.  And they were really quite unaware of the dangers they were facing. Dennis Powers tells this remarkable story through the words of many of those who lived through it.  It is compelling reading.

Once the seas finally began to recede and sunrise approached residents would come to realize the magnitude of the destruction.  In downtown Crescent City there was practically nothing left.  Eleven people had lost their lives and dozens more were injured.  Virtually every building had been destroyed, roads were impassable and phone and electric service were non-existent.  The smell of rotting fish was everywhere.  Crescent City had endured the brunt of the tsunami and the community would face the monumental task of cleaning up and rebuilding after this disaster. Survivors could not help but wonder if their lives would ever be the same again.  And now sad to say it has happened once again.  Initial reports indicate that eight foot waves from the Japan tsunami have destroyed much of Crescent City harbor and most if not all of its crab fishing fleet has been lost.  Furthermore, at least 4 people were swept into the sea and one is feared dead. 

Given the events of the past 24 hours there is likely to be renewed interest in "The Raging Sea".  From what I have been able to gather this book is currently out of print but copies can still be had at various booksellers online.  They are likely to be snapped up quickly.  Author Dennis M Powers has written several books about the sea and maintains his own website www.dennispowersbooks.com   You might want to check it out.  Perhaps he will now consider publishing a revised edition of this book.   Personally,  I found "The Raging Sea:  The Powerful Account of The Worst Tsunami in U.S. History" to be an engaging and well written book.  Dennis Powers certainly managed to hold my attention from cover to cover.  Highly recommended.
And now it has happened again in Crescent City! And now it has happened again in Crescent City! And now it has happened again in Crescent City! And now it has happened again in Crescent City!

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One Night. One Disaster. One American Town Devastated in the Blink of an Eye.

On Good Friday, 1964, the town of Crescent City, California was bustling as it prepared for the long Easter weekend. No one there knew that thousands of miles away, an earthquake registering 8.4 on the Richter scale was tearing through Alaska. And no one knew the quake would set off a series of tidal waves that would stretch across the Pacific and right to their back doors—turning some residents into victims, and others into heroes….

Author Dennis M. Powers has written the first book ever devoted to the shocking event that all but destroyed scenic Crescent City—and tested the fortitude of its 3,000 residents. Weaving together historical research with the compelling accounts of survivors, Powers re-creates the events of the fateful night when thirty city blocks were ravaged, 289 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and eleven people lost their lives.

But The Raging Sea is not just the stunning, well-crafted account of a real-life natural disaster. Chronicling the moment-by-moment efforts of several local heroes, it is the story of the remarkable courage displayed by those who came together before, during, and after the tsunami to save the lives of friends and strangers—often at the risk or even loss of their own. It’s the story of how Crescent City rose up from the ashes of disaster to face its new, if uncertain, future—and a testimonial to the iron will and spirit of a ...

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ISBN-10: 0806526823
ISBN-13: 978-0806526829
Genre: Nonfiction, Weather
Publisher: Citadel
Date Published: February 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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