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More meteotsunamis occur on Lake Michigan than any other Great Lake. New research may lead to lifesaving warnings about the potentially destructive waves.

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Marvin Katz, 87, recalls the summer of 1954 when a meteotsunami swept people near Montrose Harbor into the water and eight people drowned. “It just happened so fast. The water rose in seconds,” Katz remembered. He and his friends pulled one man from the water into his powerboat. At the time, people believed the water event was a seiche that hit the lakefront, but experts have since determined it was a meteorological tsunami. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

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