Alaskan Earthquake Could Destroy California Coast: U.S. Geological Survey

A large earthquake off the coast of Alaska could send a devastating tsunami towards California, causing the evacuation of nearly 1 million people and causing $10 billion in damage, a recent U.S. Geological Survey revealed.

USGS scientists met with state and local officials on Wednesday to discuss what might happen if a 9.1 earthquake — similar to the one that struck Japan in 2011 — occurred offshore of the Alaskan Peninsula. Researchers called the scenario “hypothetical, yet plausible,” warning officials to prepare for the worst.