Where is a tsunami most likely to hit?

Where would a tsunami be most dangerous?

Very large tsunamis can cause damage to coastal regions thousands of miles away from the earthquake that caused them.

  • Beaches, lagoons, bays, estuaries, tidal flats and river mouths are the most dangerous places to be. …
  • Tsunami waves are unlike normal coastal waves.

Where is a tsunami most likely to occur in the US?

The U.S. Atlantic tsunami hazard is greatest for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just to the north of the islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, lies the Puerto Rico trench, a dangerous subduction zone like those in the Pacific.

What states are tsunamis most common?

The exposed coastlines on the American West Coast are the most tsunami-prone region in the United States. The states of California, Oregon, and Washington have suffered the consequences of tsunamis that originated as far away as Russia and South America.

Can tsunamis be predicted?

Earthquakes, the usual cause of tsunamis, cannot be predicted in time, but can be predicted in space. … Neither historical records nor current scientific theory can accurately tell us when earthquakes will occur. Therefore, tsunami prediction can only be done after an earthquake has occurred.

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