Swell of 1953

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Magnificent long-lasting winter swell that buffeted the American West Coast for several days in 1953, peaking on Friday, January 10. "For a time Friday night," the Los Angeles Times reported, "the seas were so mountainous that they went over the roofs of houses." In south Los Angeles County's Redondo Beach, 30 families were evacuated from their beachfront homes and apartments, dozens of which were...

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