The chronology of events that day took a particularly tragic turn in Chile, when inhabitants who took out small boats to escape the shaking returned soon afterward - just in time to die when a massive breaker swamped all of their vessels.After the tsunami had passed the Hawaiian Islands damage costs were estimated at $24 million and 61 people had died. Hilo once again turned into a punching for the tsunami. Some reports at the time said that residents ignored the warning sirens. Whatever the truth, 61 people died. In Japan, where the tsunami arrived nearly a day after the earthquake, 142 people lost their lives. In this photo, a view of the debris and bent parking meters left by the waves which inundated Hilo.
Credit: National Geophysical Data Center