A Massively Devastating Tsunami Might Hit Hawaii In 50 Years, Study Reveals

First Posted: May 16, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa discover that there is a small but probable risk that Hawaii might be hit by the super damaging tsunami in the following 50 years. This would affect over 300,000 Hawaiian residents. There is a probability of 9 percent chance, according to researchers.

Fox News reports that the study was printed in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. It showed that there might be a possibility of a tsunami that could be caused by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake approaching the Aleutian Islands.

Rhett Butler, the lead author of the study said that these are rare events. He added that they don't happen all the time but there is a chance for them and their effort here is to try to define what that chance might be.

Likewise, Neil Frazer, the co-author of the study and a professor of geology and geophysics at UH-Manoa said that Hawaii should not just be concerned about earthquakes and tsunamis from the Aleutian Islands but he further said that this is the one that is more important because it's very close, so they have very little time to evacuate.

The researchers said that the residents in Hawaii would have four hours to evacuate for safety if there would be a tsunami that is generated from an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. They also stated that they are not scaring the people in Hawaii rather want them to prepare and have an evacuation place.

Meanwhile, last April was a "Tsunami Awareness Month" in Hawaii.The state officials gave information about the science of tsunamis and tips on how to prepare for a tsunami.


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