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

Aug 18, 2018

This story originally aired on October 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.