Earthquake experts see warning for California in new tsunami study on risk to Caribbean

Haiti and Jamaica are at greater risk for destructive tsunami than previously believed, according to a new study of tsunami generated during the catastrophic Haiti earthquake in January.

The study, published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, raises troubling questions about the possibility of high death tolls should a large earthquake hit Jamaica, which could cause populated coastal areas to collapse into the Caribbean Sea, and trigger tsunami that would rebound back to shore….

Costas Synolakis, director of the Tsunami Research Center at USC, who was also not involved in the study, said Californians need to be better prepared. “The lesson here is, we really need to prepare for this. Even if they are rare events, they are high-impact events,” Synolakis said.

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