According to recent government-produced research, a significant earthquake along the Seattle Fault may prompt tsunamis as high as 42 feet to strike Seattle’s waterfront in a matter of minutes.
According to a study by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, tsunamis would arrive at the shoreline along the fault line in places like Bainbridge Island, Elliott Bay, and Alki Point in less than three minutes.
Seattle’s downtown and Puget Sound are split by the Seattle Fault, which extends from east to west. Despite the fact that the previous earthquake happened roughly 1,100 years ago, the government agency claimed that the fault line was responsible for numerous earthquakes in the area.
Despite the minimal likelihood that the models will come to pass during the lifespan of the existing population, officials emphasized when revealing the study’s findings that inhabitants should continue to be prepared for the devastating consequences of such a catastrophe.
Hilary Franz, the commissioner of Washington Public Lands, said, “Most of the time when we think of a tsunami, we think of our offshore shoreline and our villages along the Pacific Ocean.”
However, she continued, “there has been a long history of earthquakes on faults in Puget Sound.” The Seattle Fault has a less frequent history of earthquakes and tsunamis than the Cascadia subduction zone, but the effects can still be very severe. It is crucial that these communities have the knowledge necessary to respond and prepare.
The group’s models demonstrated that tsunami waves at Seattle’s Great Well, which is in the city’s downtown district near the coastline, might reach 42 feet in one scenario of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake.
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell stated, “We will keep working to make sure that our Office of Emergency Management and all of our departments are better prepared to respond to catastrophes and natural disasters, while also bolstering our infrastructure and creating a resilient city now and in the future.
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Tsunamis can travel inland for up to three hours following a significant earthquake, according to the study, which ignored the phases of the tides.
Maximilian Dixon, the supervisor of the state Department of Emergency Management‘s hazard and awareness program, said, “The ground trembling will act as your warning of a potential tsunami on the way.”
“Be sure you are aware of the location of the closest high ground and the quickest route there. Register for local and tsunami notifications.
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