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.