Tsunamis in California
Living in beautiful California is probably on the best places to live in the world, especially in Southern California. We have the best weather, surrounded by the ocean, mountains, and desert... but have you ever thought about a Tsunami hitting our land?
Tsunamis are more common in the Pacific Ocean where the megathrusts (subduction zones) are so common (Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Chile, Philippines, Japan etc). Even though these places are more likely to see a Tsunami, we can also experience the scary disaster any day and any time of the day!
Tsunamis are a big threat to anyone who lives along the coast. Most tsunamis, about 80 percent, happen within the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, a geologically active area where tectonic shifts make volcanoes and earthquakes common.
In 2004, more than 200,000 people the most ever recorded—died in an Indian Ocean tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.
Tsunamis can travel as far as 10 miles inland, depending on the shape and slope of the shoreline.
Living in Carson California, you are less than 10 miles away from the ocean which makes you vulnerable to Tsunamis... Do you have a plan of action for the unexpected?