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Can a Japan-like Tsunami Hit the West Coast?
We have seen it in movies, LA or SF, suffers a massive 8.0-9.0 quake, then, the massive tsunami. Coastal residents peer out on the ocean in awe, the ocean recedes from the shoreline unlike anything seen before-its weird. Bays, suddenly are empty stranding ships and boats. Then the ocean swells into a satanic force and smashes into the coastal areas.
Can it really happen?
It is long overdue. The last Cascadian quake was 311 years ago and science notes the time between them are growing shorter and shorter. It could happen any second, last for minutes, ruin life for decades. Much of coastal California and the rest of the West Coast sits in the Cascadian quake zone. It is a seismic zone that stretches from Cape Mendocino in California to British Columbia. While a Japan-like tsunami could occur in the LA area, odds are much greater it would happen in the Cascadian zone. It would cause the same sort of impact to cities like SF, Crescent City, Eurkea, Coos Bay, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Having a 9.0 quake in this zone increases with every year. Such a tsunami would flood and destroy many of the above within minutes. Imagine Seattle partially underwater! Or, the Golden Gate, disappearing from the tsunami force.
The West coast IS on borrowed time according to seismic experts. Are we ready?