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Stranger than Fiction

Imagine a giant landslide on the western shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe that set off a series of tsunamis sending walls of water 30 stories high and house-sized boulders rushing down the Truckee River. Though it might sound like a far-fetched pitch for a Hollywood block-buster, the event really happened about 3 million years ago. A paper in the journal Geosphere, by SCU Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Christopher Kitts (with James G. Moore and Richard A. Schweickert) sheds new light on the event and KQED Science Contributor Andrew Alden writes about the "terrifying picture of geologic uproar" their investigation uncovered here.