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What happens to Belltown in the event of a Tsunami?

It looks like we’d actually fare OK. At least, based on this “state of the art” youtube model. Interbay looks like it’d be a bad place to camp out.

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2 Comments on "What happens to Belltown in the event of a Tsunami?"

  1. BelltownSince92 | March 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm |

    I’m not so sure that Belltown would escape a tsunami in every instance. There are a lot of variables to consider ( What’s the source fault? The depth of quake? etc…) This NOAA animation doesn’t give that kind of detail, so I am not sure that we can breathe a sigh of relief just based on this one bit of animation. The Seattle fault alone would cause considerable damage and/or collapse of older buildings in the neighborhood (including the one I live in). Just the quake alone, which could on the Seattle fault register as high as 8, would be devastating enough without the tsunami.

  2. It would be interesting to understand the variables assumed in this model and to see how the epicenter’s location would impact the refraction of a tsunami into elliot bay.

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