A recent analysis from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources suggests that Seattle might experience tsunami waves in the event of a large earthquake on the Seattle Fault that passes through the city.
Although there is an extremely minimal chance of an earthquake occurring along that fault line, which hasn’t generated one in over a thousand years, researchers stress that locals should be aware of the danger.
The majority of the time, cities near the Pacific Ocean’s outer shore come to mind when we think of tsunamis, according to Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands for Washington.
However, she noted, “there has been a long history of earthquakes on faults in the Puget Sound. “The Seattle Fault has a less frequent history of earthquakes and tsunamis than the Cascadia subduction zone, but the effects might still be devastating. It is crucial that these communities receive the knowledge they require in order to prepare and react.”
“We will continue to make sure that our Office of Emergency Management — and all our agencies — are best ready to respond to crises and natural catastrophes, while we also reinforce our infrastructure and build a resilient city today and for the future,” Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell continued.