Tsunami Hit The East Coast Earlier This Month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 25, 2013)--A storm that blew through earlier this month might have led to a rare East Coast tsunami, scientists say.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the tsunami was observed June 13 at more than 30 tide gauges on the East Coast, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.

The highest peak amplitude was recorded in Newport, R.I, where the wave reached just under a foot above sea level.

NOAA says a man who was fishing in Barnegat Inlet in New Jersey saw the current going out and then a six-foot wave.

Three people standing on rocks were swept into the water, and two needed medical attention.

Scientists are trying to determine the cause, but they say the tsunami may have been related to a strong storm that moved through the region and offshore that day.


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