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Tides Of Battery Point Lighthouse - Northern Ca
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In May of 1855, Congress appropriated $15,000 for the construction of a lighthouse on an islet, which is connected to Battery Point (near Crescent City, northern California, United States) by an isthmus at low tide. It was one of the first lighthouses on the California coast.
With its exposed location atop a rocky mound, the lighthouse was often battered by storms. In 1964, it survived a tsunami caused by the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the northern hemisphere with a moment magnitude of 9.2. A series of waves generated by the earthquake raced south at a speed of nearly 600 m.p.h. and reached Crescent City around midnight with crests of up to twenty feet. Although Battery Point lighthouse survived the ordeal intact, the following year the modern beacon that replaced the Fresnel lens in the tower was switched off.
Today Battery Point Lighthouse operates as a private aid to navigation, and as a Museum. It is a very interesting and lovely area to visit; but be sure to walk across the isthmus at low tide, which is when it is very foggy, or you won't be able to get to or from the Island.
March 9th, 2011
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