Massive Tsunami: Truth or Fiction? Our Expert Weighs In

May 10, 2018, 4:22 PM HST · Updated May 11, 8:22 AM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 1 Comment
Massive Tsunami: Truth or Fiction? Our Expert Weighs In

A viral video has been circulating the internet claiming a tsunami of biblical proportions is possible. We spoke to tsunami expert, Dr. Dudley to filter out truth from fiction and assess what the actual risk is.

“I have my concerns… I think the odds at any moment are that it’s not going to happen, but it has happened in the past and it will happen again.”

Dr. Dudley answers these questions:

  • Could a volcanic explosion trigger a land slide & tsunami?
  • How possible is it the Hilina Slump could “break off”?
  • If a landslide occurs and triggers a tsunami, what is the travel time to the other islands?
  • When evacuating a tsunami zone, how high and how far inland is safe?
  • Are you worried?

You can also check out our tsunami series for Tsunami Awareness Month:

How to Prepare For a Tsunami, Nature’s Warning Signs

Tsunami Awareness Month: The Information You Need

Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of their weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011.

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