MadSci Network: Environment & Ecology

Re: Where are tsunamis hit mostly?

Date: Thu Nov 23 21:27:01 2000
Posted By: Carl Morgan, Forecaster, Meteorology, National Weather Service
Area of science: Environment & Ecology
ID: 973522879.En

Tsunamis form in response to things such as underwater landslides and earthquakes. They can occur just about anywhere along the shore of an ocean.

Hawaii, Alaska and Japan are known to experience tsunamis because the floor of the Pacific Ocean is more geologically active than some other areas, and therefore earthquakes occur there more frequently. It is not impossible, however, for a tsumani to occur on the east coast of the United States.

For more information on tsunamis, visit The West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

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