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Meteorologists: Tsunami could hit our area

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WILMINGTON -- A group of meteorologists at the National Weather Service say the threat of a tsunami hitting our area is real. Although the chances are minimal, they want to make sure people are prepared. A lecture at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher was part of a series geared towards naming New Hanover County a tsunami-ready county. Meteorologist Tom Matheson explained how this are would respond to a natural disaster such as a tsunami. Matheson said, "What we want to do is educate people that when a tsunami warning goes up, that they're not totally flat-footed -- it'll certainly be a surprise. It may not happen for 10,000 years but it could happen today and we don't know. So what I'm trying to do is lay the groundwork."

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