After the tsunami devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands in South Asia, many on the North coast realized that we too have a local history of tsunamis. In the past century, several damaging tsunamis have struck the Pacific Northwest coast (Northern California, Oregon, and Washington). All of these tsunamis were distant tsunamis generated from earthquakes located far across the Pacific basin and are distinguished from tsunamis generated by earthquakes near the coast—termed local tsunamis.
As with any potential natural or man made disaster, preparedness is the key to limiting injury or loss of life. It is our goal to assist you in your efforts to understand the dynamics associated with tsunamis and to assist you in educating yourself on the preparedness issues associated with such an event.
Humboldt State University, Department of Geology
Tsunami and Earthquake Research at the USGS