Monday, April 5, 2010

A Mountain Tsunami?



I guess every rose has its thorn.

It seems even in the mountains one can be at risk of a tsunami. A study done on Lake Tahoe, with three separate fault lines running through it, has proven that tsunami events have happened in the past. A wall of water three stories high could hit Incline Village, in the event of a large earthquake. Whew! That would be very cold water. Although it never freezes, the surface temperature is usually 40-50 degrees in the winter and a constant 39 degrees at 600-700 feet deep. It warms in the summer to around 65 degrees on the surface. 

Lake Tahoe is 1,645 feet deep, covering 191 square miles. It is the largest alpine lake in North America. (Crater Lake in Oregon is 300 feet deeper, but much smaller.)

With the 7.2 earthquake in Baja California yesterday, it does cause me to consider the advantage of not being right on the lake. Being grateful for not living right on the lake is a new one for me.

You can always find something for which to be grateful.

18 comments:

Deborah said...

With all the earthquake activity in the world of late, I've been wondering if people who live on fault lines are getting a little nervous. I think I would be. But I never imagined that a tsunami could happen inland!

Your reasoning is a bit like mine regarding hillside houses, of which there are many over here. They afford stunning views, but the incline of the hills means they are vulnerable to heavy rainfall, which we seem to be getting a lot of. So I'm happy to have no view, and to be living on a piece of flat land!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Wow, a tsunami inland? Now that is scary.

Lori ann said...

i hadn't thought of that before either, at least with a tsunami there is a bit of warning, time to escape. when i lived in hawaii when the siren went, you took to higher ground immediatly!

Jayne Martin said...

You live in Lake Tahoe? What a beautiful area. I guess something can always get us no matter where we live. I often think about people in bed practicing safe sex when a plane lands on them. Would that just piss you off or what?

Brian Miller said...

it has been crazy the amount of earthquakes. i wonder if this is a product of our ever shrinking world that we know about so many or if the earth is groaning for what is to come...

DJan said...

I think lately there has been more frequent large earthquakes. Why, I'm not sure, but didn't you have a post sometime a while back about the earth shifting on its axis? And we don't live right on the ocean either, but the Pacific Northwest is due for a big earthquake soon, they say...

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"You can always find something for which to be grateful."

Absolutely. Earthquake activity does seem to be in the active phase right now. An inland tsunami. I guess it is entirely likely.

Hilary said...

I'm always impressed with your show of gratitude - no matter the situation.

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh wow, that is scary.

lakeviewer said...

Wow! Never heard that one. If we all moved where it was always safe, we would be constantly moving, never settling down.

I know that if a tsunami occurred on the coast, we would be wiped out, in a few minutes. These events should be enough to make me move.

Victoria said...

Yikes! Who knew? I live close to a large lake in the San Bernardino Mountain range in Southern California. We are also just a few miles from the San Andreas fault line. I just try not to think about things like that...

The Good Cook said...

Interesting.. I never even considered that a tsunami could occur inland. You are right of course, you can always find something to be grateful for. I guess the same way of saying, Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins"

A Year on the Grill said...

Always something new to worry about... I would take my chances at the lake front

susan said...

The massive devastation in Haiti warranted a large amount of news coverage and because this is so fresh in everyone’s mind, people are more likely to notice any news or information related to earthquakes. In reality the Earth isn’t becoming more active, more dangerous, or even 'out of control'. As usual, fear mongering by the mainstream media is profitable.

On the other hand, I hope your house is above the 30' mark just in case :-)

Alaine said...

I'd be scared witless if I had a home lakeside.

Cloudia said...

We are grateful for NO tsunami warning (you may remember my Tsunami posts late Feb as we RAN inland...




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Natalie said...

I live on a hill, ten minutes drive from a major coastal lake. The ocean is separated by a small channel .In the event of a Tsunami, it would be very dicey. We are wanting to change address, but I always am concerned about just how close to the lake do we really want to go?

Marguerite said...

All we can do is be prepared for any kind of disaster. We have learned this, the hard way, with all the hurricanes, here. I am grateful that we always have a warning, and time to get out of harm's way.