Skip to comments.Monster tsunami could devastate California: study (hypothetical 9.1 magnitude quake off Alaska)
Posted on 09/04/2013 5:53:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
A tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off Alaska could cause major damage to California's economy and force 750,000 people to evacuate, a report published Wednesday warned.
One third of all boats in California's marinas could be damaged or sunk, costing some $700 million in losses, while major ports would struggle to get huge cargo vessels out to sea in time to avoid being buffeted by tsunamis.
Experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS) based their damage assessment on the scenario of a 9.1 magnitude quake off Alaska's Pacific Coast, which it said was "hypothetical but plausible."
"In this scenario approximately 750,000 people would need to be evacuated, with 90,000 of those being tourists and visitors," said the report, co-published by the USGS and the California Geological Survey.
The number of tourists -- who would be more at risk because they may be less prepared for what to do -- would increase to millions in the event of a tsunami in summer months, when visitors flock to California's beaches.
"The good news is that three-quarters of California's coastline is cliffs, and thus immune to the harsher and more devastating impacts tsunamis could pose," said Lucy Jones, who led the study.
She also welcomed findings that neither of California's two nuclear power plants, both near the coast, would be risk under the scenario studied.
"The bad news is that the one-quarter at risk is some of the most economically valuable property in California," she added.
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Don’t build a house, that you cannot afford to lose, near any coastline.
California is doomed. Doomed I say.
Thank you Alaska.
Can we get us one of them there Tsunamis to hit DC too? But it needs to wait until the G20 is over
they are already engulfed AND underwater from the Great Southern Brown Tide
I am more worried about monster government
The bad news is where there're cliffs there're no people.
I’m sure all the Gaia worshippers will be pleased that this is a naturally occurring event.
lol.. been there done that, it seems.. ya never know..
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9.1 would devastate the world, let alone California.
Can we move the White House to Malibu?
I’m more worried about being attacked by Godzilla.
It’d save a lot of AirForceOne fuel,, closer to Hawaii.
maybe Mordgan FReeman could put them up.
But at least they could blame the GOP.
I’ll ride that thing...if it’s the last thing I do...
Unfortunately, Santa Cruz is somewhat protected from such an event. Crescent City, Eureka, Half Moon Bay, Seaside, Marina, Morro Bay, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Huntington / Newport Beach, and and bunches of beach towns north of San Diego and Mission Bay would get creamed.
Yep, and a super volcano coming directly from the earth’s core could erupt beneath the white house in DC, totally destroying our government and wiping out the city. I mean, if we are going to dream up fairy tales make it good.
Not likely. The 9.2 Anchorage quake in 1964 did send a tsunami to California but it didn't destroy CA or the world. Neither did the biggest recorded quake in history, the 9.5 Valdivia, Chile event.
I might be in deep dodo.
Less than one mile from the ocean, about 10 ft. above sea level, if that.
Hopefully, it'll be better than the 1998 version, which truly sucked behind.
And the folks living on Malibu Beach have $10 million front row seats for the big show.
If you survive, you can always raise lobsters on your former beach front property.
Yeah, Mount Rainer, Mount Hood and the Three Sisters could do a Crater Lake forming explosion and wipe out Seattle, Portland and Bend. We better prepare for it as well. Move everyone out of the Pacific Northwest just to be sure.
Then blame it on GLOBAL WARMING.
The California coast has a higher population and massive amounts of tech......the devastation would be greater than a third world or isolated state.
The ripple would be felt world wide.
And an asteroid 2 miles in diameter striking Kansas would waste the entire country affecting the entire planet!
Santa Barbara, like Santa Cruz, faces south.
If the wave came from the northwest, SB might skate by with no damage at all.
Let’s move the White Hut to Fukushima.
My feelings exactly. Sounds like somebody is short on funding again.
” massive amounts of tech....”
How would a tsunami affect the tech industry in the San Jose area and Silicon Valley?
Earthquake, tornado, hail and fire can all happen without being near a coastline.
That is why people have home owners insurance.
Flooding off Alviso from the bay, into Mountain View, Sunnyvale and San Jose
Then there is also the tech in San Diego and Goleta.
The wave would wrap in across Goleta Point and Rincon and make an amazing right-hander for anyone with the cojones enough to paddle out and try to surf it.
It would instantly melt billions of tons of snow and send a mud tsunami (”lahar”) straight down the river valley toward Tacoma.
Excellent. Goreball warming alarmists no doubt.
The good news is that I’m 30 miles inland at 600 ft. altitude in a relatively conservative area. Let her rip!
Yes, and one day it will happen. We can do some planning but permanently evacuating Tacoma isn’t going to happen. Human life is short and geological time is long. The odds are that Rainier will give adequate warning. But, maybe not. Life is a risk.
Ah yes... otherwise possibly soon to be referred to as ocean front property.
The Hearst Castle is way up there above the fog-very smart.
Mt. Rainier is ranked as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. And it doesn’t even need to have an explosive event. (I’m not even sure Rainier is possible to have an explosive event.)
It does have a lot of hot water inside, and a very unstable rock. A small earthquake, landslide, etc. could cause a release of that hot water, instantly melting the snow and ice, mixing with the mud and the lahar.
I have done work where new subdivisions are going in west of Mount Rainier. All of the old trees from the last lahar make putting in sewer lines difficult. I wonder how many folks that buy those homes know they are sitting on 30 feet of old mud and trees deposited just 500 years ago (which reached Tacoma and the Puget Sound)?
I got a feeling that Sharknado II will feature a tsunami.
Is this a government-funded report to prepare for environmental/ecological disasters?
Let’s see...the 9 coastal counties of California make it a liberal state.
Let us pray.
Which is why I didn't mention it. Yet Crescent City faces southwest and it got hit hard in 1964.
Diffraction is an amazing thing.
I have my doubts there. The Golden Gate is so narrow and long that most of the energy would reflect off the initial pile of water at the Potato Patch shoal (where during the rush just after low tide there can be the most creepy evil looking water you've ever seen (about 1:00 into the video)). I wouldn't want to be there in a boat, as the initial recession would have one slamming on the bottom between breaking waves before the tsunami came in. Totally nasty water there.