Simulation reveals 42-foot tsunamis could impact Seattle in minutes

Simulation reveals 42-foot tsunamis could impact Seattle in minutes

Simulation reveals 42-foot tsunamis could impact Seattle in minutes

Simulation reveals 42-foot tsunamis could impact Seattle in minutes

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  • A simulation of what would happen if an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit the Seattle Fault.
  • Tsunami waves could be as high as 42 feet at the Seattle Great Wheel.
  • Flooding and changes to shorelines would happen all over the Seattle area.
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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made a simulation of what would happen if an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit the Seattle Fault.

In a tweet on Thursday, the Washington State DNR said that tsunami waves could be as high as 42 feet at the Seattle Great Wheel. It will reach as far inland as Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park.

A news release says that the study however done by geologists in the DNR’s Washington Geological Survey division.

Scientists found that a tsunami wave over 40 feet high could reach the area in less than 3 minutes. If a 7.5 magnitude earthquake happened on the Seattle Fault.

“Tsunami flooding and strong currents could last for more than 3 hours after the earthquake started,” said a news release.

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The study shows that after such a strong earthquake, flooding and changes to shorelines would happen all over the area.

The release says that the last earthquake on the Seattle Fault happened about 1,100 years ago.

The release says that the study however done to help local and state emergency managers and planners make and improve plans for dealing with a tsunami in the middle of Washington’s largest population center and economic hub.

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