Tsunami waves as high as 42ft predicted to devastate Seattle within minutes of earthquake

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a worst-case scenario simulation that shows the impact of a Seattle-fault earthquake.

Scientists found that if a magnitude 7.5 earthquake were to occur on the Seattle Fault, tsunami waves over 40 feet tall could reach the Seattle area in fewer than 3 minutes.

The simulator shows how changes and flooding to the shoreline would occur throughout the Seattle area following a powerful earthquake.

Scientists conducted the study to help “emergency managers and planners develop and refine response and preparedness plans for a tsunami.”

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