Two of a Kind: Japan
and the Pacific Northwest

These two regions of the world are similar. Tsunamis often occur near Japan. What do you think that tells us about the risk of natural disasters in the Pacific Northwest?


The March 11, 2011 tsunami was spawned by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake located where the oceanic Pacific Plate slides under the North American Plate. Could an earthquake/tsunami pair of this magnitude occur in the Pacific Northwest?