The Big One with Water: Southern California Tsunami Risks and Preparation with DR. LUCY JONES

You may know of her as the earthquake czar, but Dr. Lucy Jones also knows something about our Tsunami threat. You might have noticed the signs along the Pacific Coast Highway directing motorists to the tsunami evacuation routes.


And for good reason. The magnitude 9.2 Alaskan earthquake of 1964 created a devastating tsunami that hit California.  Areas of northern California experienced a six-meter (20-foot) tsunami wave that flooded low-lying communities, such as Crescent City, and river valleys, killing 11 people. For those of us, not old enough to remember that – despite being 5,000 miles away – the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami produced waves, tides, and currents that reached coastal California. Maybe good for surfers, but for the rest of us, it caused millions of dollars in damage. This prompted a federally funded scientific study by the Scientific Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) group, headed by Dr. Lucy Jones, the noted earthquake scientist.  According to SAFRR, this study

“created a plausible “scenario” to model effects pertinent to the West Coast, particularly California. The model details major effects with far-reaching implications on local low-lying cities. The scenario is not a prediction, but is a reasonable and plausible basis for awareness and preparedness.”

Find out how to be prepared via a panel discussion on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. A group of experts, see below, will explain what areas near you are at risk and what you can do to prepare for it.

WHO:  Dr. Lucy Jones (USGS); Jeff Reeb (Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management); Dr. Patrick J. Lynett (USC Tsunami Research Center); Dr. Rick Wilson (CA Geological Survey); Dr. Edwin Shackeroff (Long Beach Peninsula Community Emergency Response Team); and Dr. Jerry R. Schubel (Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO)

WHEN:  Monday, March 24, 2014; 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

WHERE:  Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

To reserve your free ticket, call the Aquarium at (562) 590-3100 or tune in live at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time via the Aquarium’s webcast at­_meet_the_experts/ on March 24, 2014 as the experts will discuss local areas at risk of tsunami damage and provide insight into disaster preparedness and mitigation. The public can also ask the experts questions via Twitter @AquariumPacific #aoptsunami.


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