Typhoon Jean

 

In 1968, Typhoon Jean struck Saipan, causing widespread damage. While Quonsets were famous for withstanding severe weather, this powerful storm left few structures on the island undamaged.  Almost all the Quonset buildings were destroyed or severely damaged, along with numerous other structures.  The removal of damaged buildings and new construction would dramatically alter the appearance of the island.     Photos from Trust Territory Archive Photo Collection, Pacific Collection, UH Library

Navy Hill

 
 
 
 
Panoramic view, composed of two photographs, showing typhoon damage to Navy Hill housing area.  The damaged Quonsets were removed and replaced, first with trailers, and then with Samoan-style buildings that remain to this day.

 

Lower Base

 
 
 

 

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