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We saw more videos recently of the horrific tsunami in Japan last year (our page of videos of the surge as it reached Sausalito includes links to aid victims).
It got us thinking: how far would the water go in Sausalito if the earthquake happened here? Big undersea quakes don't always trigger a major tsunami (it's based on the kind of land movement) but the State maps show what a big surge could do. Scroll down for a news photo of actual damage in Sausalito from the 1964 Alaska earthquake's tsunami.
As you'd expect, the areas flooded are mostly those where the Bay was filled in to create more land, principally in 1942 for the Marinship shipyard in World War II. Buildings within the original shoreline largely remain untouched unless they are on a beach.
Our floating home community would also be at risk in a major surge (unlike what we saw in 2011). Like most Marinship offices, here at OurSausalito.com we'd be under water. If you walk near the Bay Model you can clearly see the pre-1942 shoreline above you.
Here's a clip of the California State Government map for Sausalito, which you can click on to enlarge. The red line shows the State estimate for how far the surge would rise.
You can find the State website here.
The image below shows boat owners surveying the damage here after the tsunami from the 1964 Alaskan earthquake.