The offshore rocks near the Trinidad head Lighthouse are as famous as the lighthouse itself. Before they were completely hidden in the afternoon fog, we were able to snap a few photos of these magnificent rocks.
Offshore Rocks in front of the Trinidad Head Lighthouse
Trinidad Head Lighthouse was built in 1871. The light is only 20 feet (6.1 m) above ground, but the headland on which it stands gives it an elevation of 196 feet (60 m) above the sea. Despite the great height above the sea, heavy seas have been known to reach it. None as big as the Tsunami on record in 1964 nearby.
According to our written history, On Good Friday in 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America ( a magnitude of 9.2!) struck Anchorage, Alaska. Shifting tectonic plates displaced billions of tons of ocean water and sent tsunami waves rushing at the speed of a jetliner down the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
The tsunami struck several coastal communities on that March 27, but its biggest punch was saved for Crescent City, Calif., a small lumber and fishing town of about 3,000 residents just north of Trinidad. Eleven people in all died in Crescent City that night in what became known as the worst tsunami in the history of America’s lower 48 states.
The sea is so gorgeous yet so violent at times… The paradox of nature.