Could It Happen Here?

As the casualty count continues to grow from last months deadlytsunamis, experts said the U.S. West Coast is vulnerable to such acatastrophe and the insurance exposure runs into the trillions.

“The coast of California, Oregon, Washington, and also Alaskaand Hawaiithey are all vulnerable to tsunamis,” according toCarolyn Bell, a representative for the Reston, Va.-based U.S.Geological Survey. “Scientifically there is a possibility [anearthquake in the Pacific could create giant tidal waves reachingthe U.S. West Coast]. Its probably fair to say there may be arounda 5 percent chance in the next 30 or 40 years.”

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