Tags: west | coast | tsunami | us

U.S. West Coast Faces Tsunami Threat

Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 03:11 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The United State’s western coast is facing the increasing risk of a massive tsunami, according to an analysis of sedimentation along the Gulf of Alaska coast.

It has happened before. In 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake off the coast of Alaska generated a wall of water more than 40 feet high that hit Alaska, Oregon and parts of California, killing 130 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Now, geologists say an even bigger tsunami could someday be in store for the West Coast.

The 1964 earthquake occurred in the Aleutian subduction zone, where the Pacific plate is being pushed beneath the North American continent. When scientists studied evidence of older quakes in the Aleutian zone and the subduction zone immediately to the east, they found the two have ruptured simultaneously in the past.

Read the full story at Wired magazine.

-

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Giant Sunspot Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 06:47 AM

A colossal sunspot - at 80,000 miles wide, the largest seen in about a quarter of a century - is acting peculiarly, prod . . .

Group Says Piece of Metal Found on Island Is From Earhart's Plane

Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 23:23 PM

Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart's plane said on Wednesday they now b . . .

Retailers' Deal With Rival System Blocks Apple Pay

Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 14:28 PM

A coalition of retailers is refusing to accept Apple's new mobile wallet because of agreements they have already signed  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved