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Discovery Channel's AMERICA'S TSUNAMI: ARE WE NEXT? Features Groundbreaking Scientific Information Proving Landslide Did Not Cause the December 26 Asian Tsunami
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         - New Scientific Findings Shed Light on Potential Danger for                      the West Coast of the United States -        SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Channel's original  special, AMERICA'S TSUNAMI: ARE WE  NEXT?, premieres in the U.S. on Sunday,  December 18, at 9 PM (ET/PT), reveals new geological evidence that seafloor  uplift from the 9.2 magnitude Great Sumatra earthquake -- not a giant  underwater landslide as previously thought -- caused the devastating December  26, 2004, Asian tsunami.  The groundbreaking Indian Ocean expedition and new  scientific findings enabled scientists to use data to improve computer-  generated tsunami wave models and better predict the next tsunami wave.      Specifically, scientists point to the northwest region of the United  States (northern California and coastal areas of Oregon and Washington) as  being most at risk for a tsunami event because its fault lines are a mirror  image of those in the Indian Ocean subduction zone.  Scientists estimate that  tsunami events happen every 200 to 400 years on the West Coast -- the last  occurred on January 26, 1700 -- and with a fault line located just 50 miles  off the coast along the Cascadia Subduction  Zone, this region is thought to be  the next target, with potential waves as high as 90 feet.      AMERICA'S TSUNAMI: ARE WE NEXT? follows an international team of 27  scientists led by Dr. Kate Moran from the University of Rhode Island.  The  distinguished team quickly mobilized last May and was the first team to reach  the tsunami epicenter.  Using state-of-the-art camera equipment, the special  shows never-before-seen footage of the epicenter and the massive and dramatic  geologic changes that caused gigantic waves.      "We are proud to provide the resources enabling the leading experts to  explore scientific phenomena quickly and accurately while also immersing  viewers in a part of the world they have never seen before.  It is our hope  that AMERICA'S TSUNAMI: ARE WE NEXT? helps advance efforts in gaining a  greater understanding of last year's tsunami and in predicting future  destruction," said Jane Root, executive vice president and general manager,  Discovery Channel U.S.       AMERICA'S TSUNAMI: ARE WE NEXT?, funded by Discovery Channel, the BBC and  ProSieben, is a special presentation of Discovery Channel QUEST, an initiative  designed to inspire and fund projects spearheaded by scientists and explorers  who are at the vanguard of their fields.  Their research activities will be  chronicled in landmark television specials that capture the toil, genius,  setbacks and exhilaration that are the lifeblood of the search for knowledge.      Cascadia extends from northern California to the peninsula of British  Columbia and is an exact mirror image geologically to the Indian Ocean  subduction zone where the December 2004 tsunami occurred.  Using new data and  improved models from the expedition, scientists predict a tsunami three times  the size of current estimates.      AMERICA'S TSUNAMI: ARE WE NEXT? is an original production produced for  Discovery Channel by Darlow Smithson, broadcast on Discovery Channel in the  U.S., on BBC One in the U.K. and  ProSieben in Germany.  For Discovery Channel,  Peter Lovering is the executive producer.  A version of this special will air  in international markets at a later date.        Discovery Communications is the leading global real-world media and  entertainment company. Discovery has grown from its core property, the  Discovery Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current  global operations in more than 160 countries and territories with 1.3 billion  cumulative subscribers. DCI's over 90 networks of distinctive programming  represent 25 network entertainment brands. DCI's other properties consist of  Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which operates 120 Discovery  Channel Stores. DCI also distributes BBC America in the United States. DCI's  ownership consists of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company  (Nasdaq: DISCA; DISCB), Cox  Communications, Inc., Advance/Newhouse  Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's Founder and Chairman.      
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