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QUESTION: What would the US coast guard do, when they get a radio call from a pilot in an airplane that spotted a tidal wave (tsunami) and he gives the location in the Atlantic Ocean, less than 100 miles of the coast of the United States?

ANSWER: Not to sound cliche but the same thing everyone else would probably do...panic.  There would be frantic notifications, actions to protect Coast Guard vessels and efforts to inform the public.  The chances of a tsunami occurring without advance knowledge are very small given the collection of NOAA weather buoys in the Atlantic, Aircraft and vessel traffic.


LCDR John M. Fiorentine USCG

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QUESTION: Why is this the case? I know that a tidal wave (tsunami) is very rare in the Atlantic Ocean, and is more common in the pacific Ocean.

I would offer a few reasons:

1. Anecdotally seismic activity is more prevalent in Pacific than Atlantic.
2. Distances are smaller in the Atlantic than the Pacific...not as much fetch for the wave to build.
3. Many more reporting sources in the Atlantic than the Pacific.

Those are three that came to mind.


LCDR John M. Fiorentine USCG

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Active Duty Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander. My specialties are opertations afloat and operations ashore; three afloat tours and three ashore tour under my belt including command afloat and navy exchange. My staff assignments have been with Officer Personnel Management as a Career Counselor, White House Military Office as a Social Aide, and at the Office of Law Enforcement within CG Headquarters as a program analyst. I can answer questions related to the Coast Guard, the assignment process, officer specialties, OCONUS duty, afloat and ashore operations. I can also answer questions related to the White House Social Aide Program.


WMEC Deck Watch Officer Portsmouth VA; DD Combat Info Center Officer Yokosuka Japan (Navy Exchange); WPB Commanding Officer San Juan PR; Enforcement Div Sector San Juan PR; Career Counselor (OPM-4); Law Enforcement Program Analyst (CG-MLE); Command Center Chief Sector San Juan PR

USCGA Alumni Association, OutServe, Society of White House Military Aides.

B.S. in Government from the US Coast Guard Academy; M.S.A in Leadership from Central Michigan University

Awards and Honors
CG Commendation Medal, USN Achievement Medal, CG Achievement Medal, CG Commandant Letter of Commendation

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