Surviving a Tsunami: Is Alaska Ready for the Next Big Wave?
Fairbanks: January 17
Juneau: February 20
Alaska has the greatest tsunami potential in the entire United States.
Historic tsunamis that were generated by earthquakes on the Alaska-Aleutian
subduction zone have resulted in widespread damage and loss of
life along the Alaskan Pacific coast and other exposed locations
around the Pacific Ocean. Tsunamis originating in Alaska can travel
across the Pacific and destroy coastal towns hours after they are
generated. However, they are considered to be a near-field hazard
for Alaska and can reach Alaskan coastal communities within minutes
after the earthquake. Therefore, saving lives and property depends
on how well a community is prepared, which makes it essential to
estimate the potential flooding area of the coastal zones in case
of a local or distant tsunami