Friday, May 1, 2009

Belmar NJ Tsunami - 1938



In 1938 a horrific hurricane chewed up the coast of Long Island and New England.  It was the worst storm to ravage our coastal friends to the north since a monster hurricane paid them a visit in 1821.
The New Jersey resort towns received only a glancing blow but as can be seen by these images of Belmar -that glancing blow and a series of tidal waves or tsunamis tore up the boardwalk like a pile of kindling.  

11 comments:

  1. Wow..I had no idea that this happened..so glad to read this here..learning so much about New Jersey..living in NJ..for over 50 years now..and I come from southern New Jersey..

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  2. amazing never knew that

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  3. Live at the shore and never knew this, what a shame..

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  4. I'm trying to find out the name of a bar from the 1960's. It was on the corner of 5th and Main and was destroyed by a fire. Any idea?

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  5. Winds caused by a Hurricanes are not Tsunami

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  6. The damage in the photo was done by what was described by the press at the time as "tidal waves or tsunamis" - a succession of tidal flooding caused by the sustained winds.
    Where did I say " winds caused by a hurricane were a tsunami?"

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  7. Does anyone have stories about damage in Essex County New Jersey (specifically the Bloomfield, Montclair vicinity)from the September 1938 hurricane.

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  8. I would like to know exactly where the Belmar Lifesaving station was positioned. Was it on the property at the apartments on the Inlet, accross Ocean ave on the beach. Or was it more inland? Gary From Wall

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  9. Ruthanne Donahue SwitzerMarch 2, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    My mother and aunt were young girls in 1938, they summered in Point Pleasant Beach. They always told me the Campbell Soup trucks came from Camden and men shoveled thousands of clams into the trucks to be made into chowder!

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  10. thats really weird i didint know about this!!!!!

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