Study eyes risk of big tsunami in Hawaii from mega-earthquake in Aleutians | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Study eyes risk of big tsunami in Hawaii from mega-earthquake in Aleutians

A mega-tsunami in Hawaii generated by an Aleutian Islands earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 or higher would affect more than 300,000 people, the state estimates, and cause some $40 billion in damage.

But how probable is an event like that?

A team of University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers spent five years trying to answer that question, and here's what they concluded: There's a 9 percent chance of Hawaii suffering a direct hit from such a mega-tsunami in the next 50 years.

In other words, rare but possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in 1964 there was a magnitude 9.2 quake that hit Anchorage, Alaska. The Tsunami wiped out much of the city of Hilo, on the Big Island.

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