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Addressing California’s Tsunami Hazard

September 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

- $1 - $5

California faces tsunami threats from both local and distant sources. North of Cape Mendocino large earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone have the potential of causing tsunamis greater than 50 feet high as they travel onshore. For areas south of Cape Mendocino smaller offshore reverse and thrust faults as well as submarine landslides are also capable of creatingmoderate to large local tsunamis which could impact adjacent coastal communities. All of California’s coastal communities face a legitimate distant-source threat capable of producing tsunamis of 20 to 30 feet for portions of the central coast and 10 to 15 feet for southern California. These tsunami threats overall put over 300000 coastal residents and millions of coastal visitors at risk on a daily basis.Recent tsunamis primarily the February 27 2010 Chilean event and the March 11 2011 Japan event have been wake-up calls for emergency managers harbormasters and other coastal planners. These two events have resulted in inconsistencies in coastal evacuation and response and caused over $100M in damages to 27 harbors in California. An overview of the tsunami hazard and vulnerability of California will be summarized. Results from new hazard analyses and new planning tools being developed by the state will be presented. How these new tools address preparedness response mitigation and recovery will also be discussed.Speaker: Rick Wilson California Geological Survey


September 28, 2017
7:00 pm
$1 - $5