CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If a wall of water is spotted on the horizon, Charleston County is ready. In 2010, much of the Charleston coast was re-certified TsunamiReady by NOAA National Weather Service.
Charleston County is one of 73 communities spanning 10 states to be given the certification that means proper emergency warning systems, evacuation plans and response efforts are in place if a tsunami were to strike.
Chief of Operations at the Charleston County Emergency Center, Cathy Haynes says the risk of a tsunami is low for the South Carolina coast but the consequences remain high.
"The impact area would be immediate beaches," says Haynes. "All the beach areas east of [highway] 17 will be told to evacuate."
Haynes says in order for a tsunami to affect the South Carolina coast seismic activity would have to occur off the coast of Puerto Rico over 1400 miles away.
"The biggest thing is preparedness. To have an evacuation plans and emergency supplies," says the Chief of Operations.