The Great Tsunami of 1964

Creator(s): Alberni Valley Museum

This exhibit explores the history of The Great Tsunami of 1964, how this natural disaster shaped the future of the two communities of Alberni and Port Alberni, and the impact on individual community members in these twin cities.

The history is told through personal stories of heroism, bravery, generosity and humour. Interviews with residents, rescue squad members and former employees of the Mill, Radio Station, and both Cities are interspersed with historical photographs and vintage film interviews to tell the story of the events during and after the tsunami hit. Current residents and city staff speak to the City of Port Alberni's Emergency Plan and the Tsunami Warning System direct legacies of The Great Tsunami of 1964.

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