Tsunami experts gather in Wilmington
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Tsunamis are not a threat we think of often here on the Atlantic coast. Even so, two of the world's leading experts on tsunami waves visited the Port City today to educate emergency officials on threats posed to our coast.

Though it's not typical, an earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean or even the Caribbean could send tsunami waves to our shores. Waves like this past week in the Pacific were only three to six feet high, but are much different than typical wind-driven waves.

"Apples and oranges. They're always different," Brian Yanagi of the International Tsunami Center in Hawaii said. "Tsunami waves have much more energy behind them and can be much more destructive even at small wave heights."

These shorter tsunami waves churn up all the water in the ocean and can badly injure or even kill swimmers and boaters on the shore. Experts say in the event of a tsunami warning make sure to get 15 feet above sea level.

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Did you ever think that this would hit home? Well I live 5 mins from the ocean and now I wonder will i have time to run or should i just stand there with my children and say goodbye.This is very close to home.I deal with hurricaine and ice,wind,rain and whatever else mother nature send but wow tidal waves how real could it be on our wilmington coast...

The island of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands is a large volcano that is basically breaking in two. There is a rift that runs through the entire island.

The Western half of Las Palmas is gradually tearing away and slowly subsiding into the Atlantic Ocean.

If, however, a volcanic eruption and/or associated earthquakes caused the Western half to slide rapidly, scientists predict it could produce a mega-tsunami hundreds of feet high along the Eastern seaboard.

So yes, it could happen here....but if it was due to Las Palmas, you'd have about an eight hour notice.

BTW, to give you an idea of what a mega-tsunami could do, evidence found on cliffs in Greece indicate that there was once a 900 foot tsunami in the Mediterranean. A landslide in an Alaskan lake produced a wave two-hundred feet high.

Worry about things you can control, and hope for the best regarding those you can't.

...all of the NatGeo and Discovery channel programs.....

The 900 foot tsunami is from one of my college textbooks. So there!

Don't complain until I start listing things I saw on Lifetime and Oxygen.