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Alert System Could Warn West Coast of Tsunami

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Alert System Could Warn West Coast of Tsunami

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Alert System Could Warn West Coast of Tsunami

Alert System Could Warn West Coast of Tsunami

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A ship overturned during the tsunami generated by the March 27, 1964, Prince William Sound, Alaska, earthquake. National Geophysical Data Center hide caption

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The recent tsunami in the Indian Ocean has left many wondering if such a disaster could happen on the Pacific Coast. In 1964 it did. As NPR's John Nielsen reports, experts can't predict such an event, but a new detection system might help.

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