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5 Tsunami Destroyed Russian Airbase

Tsunami Destroyed Russian Airbase

Posted on December 2, 2014 by tim


In 1979, a tsunami hit the Russian airbase “Thunderbird” on the Russian Pacific Coast. The aftermath was photographed by a pilot who had a camera handy. Tens of planes and jets were destroyed and the runway was damaged. In some places, planes ended up UNDER the runway pavement. Just see the pics:

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5 Responses to “Tsunami Destroyed Russian Airbase”

  1. Alain says:

    Not listed in the biggest tsunamis in history. Any more details somewhere ?

    There seemingly was a huge one in the region in 1952 (more than 2000 killed people) : any pics of it ?

  2. WWtS says:

    It appears that the base in question is Burevestnik, located on Iturup Island (Kuril Archipelago) near Japan, and currently was transformed into civilian airport. Given that it was a home for 387th Interceptor Regiment, the big aircrafts (probably An-24 derivatives) were there to bring supplies from the mainland.

  3. petrohof says:

    AUG 22 18:28:55.6 52.27 N 157.33 E 134 6.5 Kamchatka
    5.6mb(GS) 6.2mb(BRK) 6.5mb(PAS)
    Felt (IV) at Petropavlorsk-Kamchatskiy and (III) at Severo-Kurilsk.

  4. CZenda says:

    The MiGs were simply left to rot there (possibly used as dummies to confuse the evil imperialists and their satellites) long before the earthquake. Note the deteriorated plexiglass canopy.

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