|This is a view of the Coast Guard Loran Station at Cape Sarichef, on Unimak Island, in the Aleutian Islands. The station was previously located about half way up the cliffs and also on the black volcanic sand beach. This station was wiped out by a large tidal wave, killing several Coast Guardsmen. You can still see some concrete foundation remnants. I witnessed huge waves here on a regular basis. One day I was on radio watch and recieved a "Z" or "FLASH" message. (They only send these in time of war or some sort of national emergency). It said there was a good chance of a tidal wave coming our way in a few hours. We prepared for the worst, but no tidal wave hit us. We did get some huge waves though. |
I recall the wind blowing so hard once that I was able to run up these cliffs with the wind pushing me, in about one tenth the normal time. All the grey whales on the West coast of the US would migrate by this point of the Island once a year. Did I ever go in the water?
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