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Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

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Previously unrecognized tsunami dangers may threaten towns in the Aleutian Islands, like this one on Unalaska Island, Alaska, as well as parts of the U.S. West Coast and other far-flung shores. Credit: lfreytag/iStock/Getty Images Plus

In a seismically quiet segment of Alaska’s subduction zone lie faults with structures similar to those of the system that caused the deadly Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

September 22, 2017 — Recent high-resolution imaging of a major subduction zone running along the Aleutian Islands shows that an area known as the Shumagin Gap may pose a significant tsunami risk Continue reading Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster