North Carolina hasn't seen a tsunami since the 1700s, but despite that, officials say the threat exists here.
Onslow County was the first in the state declared tsunami ready, meaning specific plans are in place to deal with such a disaster.
On slow County Emergency Management Director Norman Bryson says there's good reason to be prepared. "There are potentials that we do have out there. One of them being the continental shelf, the another one being the midatlantic trench and the other one being off the coast of Africa."
Officials say the National Weather Service and the tsunami warning system has buoys along the Atlantic and Pacific coast lines that helps detect wave action coming in.
The Camp Lejeuene is the first Marine Corps base to become a tsuanmi ready facility in all of the Eastern seaboard .