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The Wake County Sheriff Office is searching for Eileen Carol Rainville
February 28, 2015 9:11 AM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Eileen Carol Rainville.

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The Brunswick County Sheriff Office is searching for Hallana Nagritamone Hankins
February 27, 2015 3:01 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Hallana Nagritamone Hankins.

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The Henderson Police Department is searching for Demario Dontre Johnson
February 25, 2015 3:55 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Demario Dontre Johnson.

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The Columbus county Sheriff Office is searching for Mark Wayne Pate
February 25, 2015 2:48 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Mark Wayne Pate.

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The Shelby PD is searching for Mary Frances Mckinnon
February 21, 2015 9:46 AM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Mary Frances Mckinnon.

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The Chapel Hill PD is searching for Scott Montgomery Gibson
February 21, 2015 12:58 AM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Scott Montgomery Gibson.

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The Winston Salem Police Department is searching for Eduardo Mendez Hernandez
February 20, 2015 12:33 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Eduardo Mendez Hernandez.

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The Hoke County Sheriff Office is searching for Donald Martin Calloway
February 19, 2015 2:04 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Donald Martin Calloway.

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The Brunswick County Sheriff is searching for Marshall Arnold Ott
February 16, 2015 11:54 AM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Marshall Arnold Ott.

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The China Grove Police Department is searching for Jesse Joel Taylor
February 10, 2015 12:07 AM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Jesse Joel Taylor.

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The on behalf of Horry County Police Department SC is searching for Danny Atkin
January 29, 2015 3:35 PM -- The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Danny Atkin.

Tsunamis

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About 85 percent of tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean, but North Carolina residents living or vacationing at the beach should be prepared nonetheless.

A tsunami is a huge ocean wave that can hit coastal areas and surge inland 1,000 feet or more. The debris-filled water can cause great destruction and loss of life within minutes. Earthquakes or underwater landslides can trigger a tsunami, which can travel across an entire ocean basin within hours at speeds of 600 mph.

The speed of a tsunami wave decreases as it approaches the coast, but its height increases by as much as 100 feet. In the open ocean, tsunamis would not be felt by ships or seen from the air because the wavelength would be hundreds of miles long.

During the past four centuries, at least 40 tsunamis have hit the U.S. Atlantic coast, though most of them have been minor. Only one Atlantic-wide tsunami has been documented – one that was generated by an earthquake near Lisbon, Portugal, in 1755. 

Although the risk of a tsunami striking the east coast is not great, the N.C. Emergency Management Division has included plans for responding to a tsunami in their training and education programs with local officials.

Information from the U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Tsunamis Information Center.

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