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Piedras Blancas Lightstation

Why is this lighthouse missing its lantern room?

On December 31, 1948, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake, with an epicenter roughly six miles offshore, shook Piedras Blancas Light Station. The stress from the tremblor damaged the upper portion of the tower, and the lantern room, lens, ornate railing, and beautifully sculpted top section of the tower were all removed. A rotating aerobeacon was placed atop the shortened, capped tower, and the lighthouse returned to service.

Complete information about this and many other historic lighthouses can be found on the Lighthouse Friends web site.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 26, 2012
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    by Ian Merritt
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-510
    • Taken on 2012/08/17 14:52:18
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash