Scott-7 asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 10 years ago

Will the Tsunami in Japan cause any real damage to the coasts of L.A.?

The earthquake seemed huge.

Will the resulting Tsunami be strong enough to reach and cause damage to the west coast of the United States??? California???

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I already know it's gonna most likely hit the coast.

But what kinda damage will it cause? California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington are all a lot farther away though. What danger are all our West Coast people in?

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    Well, that's the million-dollar question; nobody knows exactly how large the surge will be at any specific point. There WAS about an 8-foot surge at Midway Island around 3:15 a.m. Pacific time.

    If in doubt, go inland - ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.


    General information:


    Midway Island has had a 8-foot surge as of 1:15 a.m. Hawaii time/3:15 a.m. Pacific/6:15 a.m. Eastern; more waves are expected, and powerful aftershocks continue in Japan, so being cautious is very important.

    The earthquake occurred at:

    Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:46:23 AM (EST) - Eastern Standard (New York, Toronto, Jamaica)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:46:23 PM (CST) - Central Standard (Chicago, Mexico City, Costa Rica)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:46:23 PM (MST) - Mountain Standard (Calgary, Denver, Phoenix)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 09:46:23 PM (PST) - Pacific Standard (Vancouver, Los Angeles, Tijuana)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 08:46:23 PM - Anchorage

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:46:23 PM - Adak

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:46:23 PM - Honolulu

    The first waves (6 - 7 feet) are expected to reach Hawaii at around 6 - 7 hours after the intial quake, and the west coast of the U.S. about 9-12 hours after the initial quake - about 2-3 a.m. Hawaii time, then around 6:00 - 7:00 for the northern Pacific Coast of the U.S. (Washington and Oregon), and about an hour or so later in California. It's getting to Washington and Oregon earlier because we're due west of Japan, while California is somewhat southwest.

    If you're anywhere in the Pacific or on the Pacific rim, keep yourself informed: << Expected arrival times for cities on the U.S. west coast


    Useful web sites: << Pacific Tsunami Warning Center << USGS Latest Earthquakes map; Red = in the last hour; blue = last 24 hours; yellow = last two weeks; you can click on any of them. << Link for this specific earthquake

    If you live in Hawaii or the U.S. Pacific coast, there ARE warnings, and about 50 other countries are also affected to some degree. <<< Hawaii warning text <<< Map of times for waves to reach various points

  • 10 years ago

    Evacuate, evacuate! Leave at once, the tsunami is about to hit anytime now, followed by by a huge after shock that is expected to devastate L.A.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    only to the black people.

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