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Killer Wave Slams Cleveland

(1942) 
Freak Tidal Wave Sweeps Lake Erie Shoreline; Eight Believed Drowned

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) May 31st – UPI –Coastguardsmen dragged the waters of Lake Erie tonight for victims of a freak tidal wave that
swept the lake shoreline east and west of Cleveland today and
drowned at least seven persons. Described by witnesses as an
“enormous black wall of water,” the wave struck like a giant hammer
against scores of small vessels and pleasure craft. The United States weather bureau in Cleveland said that unofficial reports listed eight dead and 12 injured. The Weather Bureau blamed a sudden shifting of the wind from a southerly to a northerly direction, which ‘pushed the water violently back after a short period of calmness”.

Both coastguardsmen and other witnesses said the death toll would have mounted into scores had it not been for a bright moon which
dimly outlined the on-rushing wave in time for fishermen and
bathers to flee to safety

THIS IS FROM AN ARTICLE I FOUND FROM 1942, THERE ARE OTHER REPORTS OF SIMILAR OCCURENCES ON LAKE ERIE OVER THE YEARS. THE LAST REPORT OF A LAKE ERIE ‘TIDAL WAVE” I WAS ABLE TO FIND WAS IN THE 1960’S. MOST SEEMED TO BE CONFINED TO THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE LAKE. I WONDER WHY THEY HAVE STOPPED AND WHY THEY OCCUR – AND OF COURSE –CAN THEY HAPPEN AGAIN?

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