This is a long article, but very interesting.
It's all about tsunami's and the west coast ...
Monterey Country Weekly
Sep 08, 2005
By Ryan Masters
It’s a haunting analogy. The scope and severity of Katrina rendered one of
the most beloved cities in America uninhabitable. Like 9/11, the stark
reality of the images has opened a Pandora’s Box of new, disturbing
possibilities. Suddenly every coastal community in America is asking, could
a similar disaster happen here?
In the case of the Monterey Bay area, the answer is yes, according to Gary
Greene of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.
“Absolutely,” Greene says when asked about the likelihood of a large scale
tsunami hitting our shores. “People should be prepared. Not that it will
happen tomorrow, but people should be prepared for it.”
Greene is one of a group of local researchers who have spent the last 15
to 20 years studying the cause and effect of tsunamis in the Monterey Bay
area. What they’re in the process of discovering is that we are highly
susceptible to tsunamis generated by both distant and local seismic
activity and by non-seismogenic events—especially the massive landslides
which periodically occur on the steep slopes of the deep submarine
Monterey Canyon directly off our shores.
Yet according to Steve Ward, a Research Geophysicist in the Earth Sciences
Theoretical Seismology and Geophysics Department at UC Santa Cruz, the
most likely scenario involving a dangerous tsunami would be a seismic
event similar to the Indian Ocean tragedy, a distant earthquake
generated far offshore.
“They happen every 40 or 50 years in the Aleutian Islands,” Ward says.
The last such event occurred 41 years ago.
More at the site -
Sorta along the same lines ... more info about the
destruction of the West Coast
And of course India Times -
[edit on 9/8/2005 by FlyersFan]