Tsunamis

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Publication Year: 

2009

Abstract: 

A tsunami is generated when a large volume of water is rapidly displaced, usually as a result of a submarine or coastal earthquake—though marine landslides, volcanic eruptions, nuclear weapons testing, and asteroid impacts can all potentially create tsunamis. All coastal states have a tsunami risk, but the most powerful tsunamis are created in the Pacific leaving those coastal states, including Hawaii, most at risk.

Document Type: 

  • Fact Sheet

Tags: 

  • critical issues, database publication, tsunami, hazards, united states