With the immense power of waves, they raze everything in their way, leaving behind a path of annihilation. They vary in strength and size, but are never to be underestimated.
The strongest ones are called megatsunamis. The main difference between a standard tsunami and a megatsunami is in their origin; while the regular ones occur due to tectonic movements, megatsunamis can be triggered only by a massive landslide.
One of such megatsunamis occurred back in 1958 in Alaska, when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake-triggered landslide caused an enormous amount of 30 million cubic meters of rock and ice to fall into the Lituya Bay, resulting in the biggest tsunami ever recorded.
Simply titled 1958 Lituya Bay megatsunami, this giant reached an astonishing height of 1,720 feet (524 m), making it 50 feet (15 m) taller than the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan, one of the world’s tallest buildings.
Although it shook most of Alaska and left the land desolated, the tsunami didn’t cause too many casualties, with only 5 human victims officially recorded. Such a low number absolutely pales in comparison when taken up against the infamous Asia tsunami of 2004, the deadliest tsunami ever recorded. Striking a total of 11 countries across the Indian ocean, it took a total of 230,000 lives, leaving nothing but despair and destruction along the way.