Tsunami may have hit the East Coast in June, scientists say

Posted at 8:28 PM, Jun 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 23:13:18-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – A tsunami may have hit the East Coast during the June 13 storm that hammered the Tri-State area, according to scientists.

More than 30 tidal gauges registered tsunami-like conditions from Bermuda up the East Coast, with the highest amplitude peak in Newport, R.I., the Associated Press reports.

While the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tsunami program Mike Angove didn’t officially classify it as such, he did admit that at had specific characteristics of a tsunami.

“From North Carolina up through Massachusetts, we can find that signal, even though it’s very small, which tells us there was something going on,” Mike Angove said on Tuesday. “We’re trying to piece this back together.”

East Coast Tsunami

The NOAA’s West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, did, however, identify it as a tsunami online.

There were also multiple reports of the ocean rushing out on the afternoon of June 13th.

In Ocean County, NJ, a spear fisherman reported seeing water leave several divers stranded on normally-submerged rocks as it rushed out to sea.  Those rocks — left dry — are usually under three to four feet of water, according to the fisherman.

In Rhode Island, a yacht club employee said a strong current — at least eight times stronger than normal — pulled a large boat from it’s slip.  The force was so strong the cleat the vessel was tied to tore completely free from the dock.

For more information see the AP story.