Earthquake & Tsunami
5:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

'Orphan Tsunami' Of 1700 Showed What A 'Megathrust' Could Do To Northwest Coast

A simulated tsunami like that of 1700 reaches Japan ten hours after its start along the Pacific coast of North America.

Three years ago today, a massive earthquake ripped through Japan, and the resulting tsunami sent thousands of tons of debris floating toward North America.

But a tsunami could also happen right along the Northwest coast, on the Cascadia subduction zone, which stretches from northern Vancouver Island to California’s Cape Mendocino.

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