Crescent City, located in Del Norte County on the California coast about 460 k north of San Francisco (Figure 1), has suffered more impacts from historic tsunamis than any other community on the west coast of the United States (Dengler and Magoon 2006). Thirty-one tsunamis have been observed at this small coastal city (population 7,542) since a tide gauge was established in 1933, including 11 events with maximum peak-to-trough wave range exceeding 1 meter and four that caused damage (National Geophysical Data Center 2008; The most recent damaging tsunami, and the first tsunami to...

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