posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 10:28 PM
Contrary to popular believe, geologic evidence shows that the U.S. has been struck several times by giant tsunami waves in the last 3,500 years. Some
experts say that it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when one will hit again the coast of the U.S. The giant waves which have hit the U.S. in
the past have affected Washington, Oregon and northern California according to the article.
"We're not trying to scare you, we're just trying to inform you," Kevin Krajicik said Tuesday, opening a Smithsonian Institution-sponsored panel
discussion of U.S. vulnerability to tsunami. Krajicik wrote an article on tsunami scheduled for the March issue of Smithsonian magazine.
While one-fourth of the world's tsunami occur in the Pacific Ocean, Maul noted that they can occur on any coast.
For example, on the American side of the Atlantic Ocean, more than 2,500 people have been killed in the last 150 years by these waves striking the
Virgin Islands, Panama, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and even Canada, Maul added. The most recent, in 1991, killed two people in Costa
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The article continues saying that sedimentary evidence shows that one such giant wave has hit the coast of the U.S. every 500 years. According to
Joanne Bourgeois, a geologist at the University of Washington, this sedimentary evidence also shows that the state of Washington has been hit by
severe tsunamies 6 or 7 times in the past 3,500 years.
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