When it comes to natural disasters, Los Angeles residents may not think of tsunamis as a major hazard. However, the California Geological Survey has recently released an interactive map of tsunami hazard areas for Los Angeles County, making it easier for people to find out if they live in a potential danger zone. Tsunamis travel faster in deep water and can reach speeds of more than 500 mph, faster than a jet aircraft. For example, a 1.3-foot tsunami wave was recorded north of Los Angeles in Port San Luis on Thursday afternoon.
Research has shown that an earthquake in the same location could cause damaging 4-foot waves to reach the port of Los Angeles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 42 of the 150 tsunamis that have occurred in the United States have been in Los Angeles County. Residents and business owners in the area, including those with disabilities and other functional and access needs, can call 211 Los Angeles County for information on emergency preparedness and other referral services.