According to researchers, California could be in line for a tsunami. They say that southwestern US state is long overdue for such a disaster.
The state is currently in midst of Tsunami Preparedness Week where experts are looking to highlight the risk of a destructive huge wave. Just off the coast of California lies a fault known as Cascadia which is up to 30 times more powerful than its famous neighbour – the San Andreas fault.
The difference between Cascadia and San Andreas is that former is a subduction zone, where plates lie on top of each other, whereas in the latter they sit diagonally. As a result, subduction zone faults can cause much more damage.
Chris Goldfinger, professor of Geophysics at Oregon State University told CNN: “The Cascadia fault can cause an earthquake with almost 30 times more energy than that of San Andreas and then generate a tsunami that San Andreas can not create.”
The last time the Cascadia fault rumbled was in 1700, causing a tsunami to occur in California. However, experts warn that it usually strikes every 300 to 500 years, meaning that one could happen any moment.
Experts predict a tremor registering up to 9 on Richter Scale which could cause 9-metre tall waves. according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, these waves have potential to kill 11,000 and injure a further 26,000.