WESTHAMPTON - Many Long Island residents are used to storms devastating shorelines, but they are now wondering if a massive earthquake and tsunami could strike the area.

According to geologists, earthquakes and tsunamis are very rare, but there is always the possibility they could happen locally. Westhampton residents say the thought has been on their minds as they watch the catastrophic events unfold in Japan.

Coastal geologist Aram Terchunian says Long Island doesn't have the offshore geological conditions that create land displacements under the sea. He says the only way a tsunami could occur is if there's a huge landslide off of the Canary Islands near Africa.

Officials say the chance of an earthquake is more probable, but out on the East End, most say concerns still center around hurricanes and nor'easters.

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