There have been numerous tidal waves with extremely high amounts of power. One of the largest was in 1958 off the coast of Lituya Bay, Alaska. An earthquake took place along the Fairweather Fault and shook about 40 million cubic yards of rock causing a tidal wave the likes of which have not been seen in years. The subsequent wave was recorded at 1720 feet tall and stripped the majority of the island of all trees and vegetation under 1720 feet above sea level. This is the largest wave ever recorded. Tsunamis and tidal waves have different types of power so tsunamis like the one seen in Japan last year can often pack a bigger punch even though they may not be as tall.
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