Surviving a Tsunami in the U.S.?

Remember the huge tsunami that hit southeastern Asia in late 2004? An excellent article in “Backwoods Home Magazine” discusses the possibilities for a tsunami that could affect the U.S. West Coast.

And one could even hit the East Coast under the right conditions.

The piece is written conversationally and explains complex concepts and terms in a simple way.

If nothing else, check it out for the salad recipe.

No kidding.

Here’s an excerpt of the article with a link to read the whole thing.

Subduction Zone Tsunami

By John Silveira

“Let’s say the quake happens,” Dave began. “If the highest wave we can expect to see from one generated out here on the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 100-footer, is anyone above 100 feet elevation safe? I mean, does John just have to figure out where there’s a point near his house that’s 100 feet above sea level and go there if there’s a quake?”

“No. That may not be enough. There are other factors that figure in. For example, the topography of the land below the waterline can change a wave’s height. Underwater canyons can channel the wave—it’s called ‘focusing’—and a wave that should be just 30 feet high may get focused and come ashore as a 60- or 100-foot wave. And, of course, that means that other spots on the shore would necessarily receive smaller waves.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. (541)247-8900.

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Surviving a Tsunami in the U.S.?”

  1. To me, it sounds a bit like media scare tactics rather than a real danger that people need to be afraid of and plan for. There are so many things we are supposed to be afraid of and prepared for ‘out there’ in the big scary world. I think the anxiety and stress of them all will kill us more readily than anything else.

  2. Point taken. The important thing is to be aware of potential threats. For example, most of us won’t ever be struck by lightning. There are people who have been though, so lightning strikes are a reality, regardless of how remote. Knowing the advice on how to avoid lightning strikes doesn’t mean we’re afraid of them. It’s part of the preparedness mindset. You have to keep a lot of things filed away mentally. You never know when they might be useful.

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