Small California town a tsunami magnet

In the wake of last week’s earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami that reached all the way to North America, Slate came up with an interesting article on why the small California community of Crescent City has been visited by so many tsunamis over the years – 31 alone since 1933.

If you haven’t been to California and don’t know where Crescent City is, you’re not alone. Ninety-nine percent of Californians likely haven’t been to Crescent City, and many couldn’t identify its location on a map if they had to.

Crescent City sits just 20 miles from the Oregon border and is located more than 700 miles from Los Angeles.

Of the more than 30 recorded tsunamis that have hit Crescent City in the past eight decades, four caused damage, and one of them, in March 1964, remains the “largest and most destructive recorded tsunami to ever strike the United States Pacific Coast,” according to the University of Southern California’s Tsunami Research Center.

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