Researchers: Mega-Tsunami Warning

34220B5200000578-0-image-a-1_1463156875456Within the next 50 years, a magnitude nine earthquake in the Aleutian Islands could send a ‘mega-tsunami’ roaring toward Hawaii, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and causing billions of dollars in damage. Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa estimate that there is a nine percent chance of this happening in the next few decades, and say the damage would total roughly $40 billion. The team is now working to calculate the probability of smaller Pacific earthquakes as well. Hawaii has no recorded history of mega-tsunamis, but researchers say the region is especially vulnerable to tsunamis produced by an earthquake in the subduction zone of the Aleutian Islands. If one as powerful as a magnitude nine were to hit, at least 300,000 would be affected. Read Article