Tsunami: 1964 video of deadly tidal wave washing into Crescent City
The March 28 tsunami killed 11 in the Northern California coastal city and destroyed the city's business districts. Accounts from the time reported that fuel tanks erupted in flames while cars and trucks washed down city streets, pilling up against building.
City officials had been given notice that a tidal wave was likely, but residents said they had received such warnings in the past, and that little -- if anything -- ever materialized. Residents said they were stunned when the tsunami arrived and a wall of water washed inland.
Read historic Times' coverage of the 1964 disaster: