Forest Service Employees inspect the sight of an alpine tsunami on the Cowee Creek Channel. On Dec. 30, 2016, a 30-foot tall tsunami scoured the creek’s shoreline, exposing the grey rock in the foreground. (Photo courtesy the U.S. Forest Service and Rick Edwards)

Scientists discover rare ‘alpine tsunami’ occurred after massive 2016 rockfall near Juneau

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