On July 9, 1958, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck Lituya Bay, Alaska, dislodging approximately 40 million cubic yards of rock from the surrounding mountainsides. This landslide generated the largest wave ever recorded in human history. The mega-tsunami that decimated Lituya Bay up-rooted trees over 1,700 feet above sea level. Because of its remoteness only two lives were lost.
The Big Island of Hawaii is literally surrounded by under-sea landslides of colossal size. Many of these slides displaced thousands of cubic kilometers of water, generating mega-tsunamis of unimaginable dimensions. Scientists have recently identified tsunami deposits left by these incredible waves over 1,600 feet above the ancient sea level. While the most recent mega-tsunami to strike the Hawaiian Islands happened approximately 100,000 years ago, that doesn’t mean another one couldn’t happen tomorrow. When it does, there may not be any warning.
Geologists are concerned that the western flank of Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands could catastrophically collapse during a future eruption. If this were to happen anywhere from 150 to 500 cubic kilometers of rock would plummet into the sea. The resulting mega-tsunami could be as much as 50 meters (165ft) high when it strikes the East Coast of North America. Of course this devastating tsunami would pale in comparison to The Wave.
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This is an exhilarating thriller that extrapolates scientific data on undersea earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis to paint an incredible action-packed tale. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the first wave struck and never slows down as the mega tsunami is coming. Although the hitmen subplot adds suspense, it feels inanely out of place in comparison to the strong scientific fact-finding as increasingly a monster tsunami caused by earthquakes and volcanoes frighten the scientists on the project as that would devastate the Pacific Rim including the American West Coast. –Harriet Klausner
Obviously the author has some serious geologic training as he has cleverly written a story that is fact based to the point of making the tale completely plausible and even believable. As a published author, I have particular appreciation for great storytelling and this book delivers. The story and characters jump to life and the tale skates through seamlessly and keeps the reader locked in his or her seat throughout. Tom Miller clearly had a great story to tell and delivered in spades. Great book. –Stan Fridstein
Tom Miller's "The Wave" is outstanding; an absolutely riveting tale. It's packed with vivid imagery & incredible detail (the thoroughness of the research is apparent from cover to cover). From the opening pages, the heroes race against time & long odds as they piece together the critical scientific evidence. Everything builds into a finale that roars with the ferocity & abandon of a monstrous roller-coaster. A real page-turner, I can't wait for Tom Miller's next book & "The Wave" to come out as a movie (3D would be INTENSE!).–Andrew Kneeter
I know Tom Miller and expected a good book but I was amazed at how compelling it is! It kept me up past midnight twice and I meant to stop reading around 10pm. This is a fun and gripping story that is reminiscent of Michael Crichton's style of scientifically based thrilling story telling. Tom has traveled the world and done things most movie stars haven't even done! He's a remarkable guy with a great personal story in addition to the ones he tells in his books. Add Tom to your preferred authors list. You'll love the journeys. –Jim Cathcart
Just finished Reading Tom Millers 'The Wave' and I had to take a drink to get my heart to stop pounding. What a GREAT first book! With the nonstop action and amazing detail, not only did I love the ride but I actually learned something along the way. The ending seemed to set us up for a possible sequel (one could hope). –Jeffery T. Holden