Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center


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Date published: December 9, 2019
Status: Active

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Contacts: Laura Torresan
Date published: April 3, 2019
Status: Completed

Native American Legends of Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

For general interest, studies and accounts regarding Native American Legends of possible tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest are excerpted below. Much of the information on this page was presented by Jim Bergeron, Oregon Sea Grant, Astoria Extension at a 1995 Meeting in Seaside, Oregon. Those interested in the subject are encouraged to refer to the original reports:

Heaton, T. H., and...

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

Erosion of a Sea Stack Over 100 Years

The following photographs show the demise of Jump-Off Joe, a one-hundred-foot-high sandstone formation known as a “sea stack”. In 1890, the sea stack was composed of middle Miocene concretionary sandstone of the Astoria Formation. Yaquina Head on the Horizon is composed of middle Miocene basalt flows and breccia. Note remnant of Pleistocene terrace deposit along the wave cut bench on the stack...

Date published: October 9, 2018
Status: Completed

Science Posters

The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center created posters about each of these completed research projects. Here, the posters are presented along with additional information.

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Date published: October 4, 2018
Status: Active

Life of a Tsunami

Life of a Tsunami

Contacts: Eric Geist
Date published: September 28, 2018
Status: Active

Local Tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest

In the past century, several damaging tsunamis have struck the Pacific Northwest coast (Northern California, Oregon, and Washington). All of these tsunamis were distant tsunamis generated from earthquakes located far across the Pacific basin and are distinguished from tsunamis generated by earthquakes near the coast—termed local tsunamis.

Contacts: Eric Geist
Date published: September 20, 2018
Status: Completed

Could It Happen Here?

The Question

Soon after the devastating tsunamis in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004 and in Japan on March 11, 2011, many people have asked, "Could such a tsunami happen in the United States?" This web page summarizes what we know about tsunamis that have struck the U.S. in the past, providing a foundation for estimating tsunami likelihood in the future. Below, we...

Contacts: Eric Geist
Date published: January 1, 2018
Status: Active


Puget Sound - Coastal Storm Modeling System (PS-CoSMoS) frequently asked questions

Date published: January 1, 2008
Status: Active

Research Vessel Parke D. Snavely

Information about the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's research vessel Parke D. Snavely, acquired in November 2007.

Contacts: Timothy Elfers