Massive tsunami could devastate California – study

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Clouds pass over the San Francisco skyline on November 4, 2011 in Sausalito, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

A tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off Alaska could cause major damage to California’s economy and force 750,000 people to evacuate, a report published Wednesday, September 4, warned. Experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS) based their damage assessment on the scenario of a 9.1 magnitude quake off Alaska’s Pacific Coast, which it said was “hypothetical but plausible.” California has long braced for the Big One, a monster 8.5 plus magnitude earthquake expected to occur on one of the seismological weak spots under the US state itself, notably the San Andreas fault east of Los Angeles. But a tsunami generated from a quake further away has been taken more seriously, notably since the March 11, 2011 9.0-magnitude temblor off Japan that killed some 19,000 people and triggering a nuclear calamity.

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