The Centuries-Old Mystery Of A Ghost Forest And An Orphan Tsunami

Oct 28, 2017

Near the coast of Washington state, on the banks of the Copalis River, lies a ghost forest -- a stand of gray, dead trees in the middle of a healthy forest.

How did it get there?

Could the key lie in another mystery, a mysterious tsunami recorded by samurai in 18th-century Japan? 

Linking these seemingly unconnected phenomena became a goal for ambitious scientists using everything at their disposal, from computer models to chainsaws.

But, most importantly, unlocking this mystery led to a breakthrough that affects everyone in the Pacific Northwest concerned about future earthquakes, and how devastating they may be.