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Tsunami Animations

Thumbnail of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave. It is an ukiyo-e woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai, published sometime between 1830 and 1833 in the late Edo period.Watch computer-generated animations of what a tsunami looks like, as it propagates across the ocean and hits land. Tsunamis modeled include these and more:


Science Videos

Here's a selection of USGS videos featuring the work conducted by scientists from our Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center. You may also visit and subscribe to the USGS YouTube Channel for more USGS videos and updates.

Earth.Science.Art Project

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.This collaborative project pairs artists from California’s Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area with scientists from the Santa Cruz-based U.S. Geological Survey's Pacific Marine and Coastal Science Center. The artist create work inspired by scientific research.

View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or YouTube

The Voyage of the Lee

Screen capture of the video.The U. S. Geological Survey vessel S.P. Lee navigates and explores the Pacific Ocean bottom. Remote video camera views of the ocean floor are included. Various sampling methods used in marine geology are demonstrated and discussed.
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Fly Over the Seafloor

Each video show a virtual fly-through over the seafloor, as if the water was drained from the ocean or bay.

Central California — Bolinas to Pescadero

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video. The movie flies out of San Francisco Bay pausing over a field of large sand waves west of the Golden Gate, and then up to the Bolinas area revealing folded and fractured bedrock. The movie then turns south flying down the coast past Pacifica and towards Half Moon Bay again revealing folded and fractured bedrock beneath the Maverick's surf break. The movie finishes by flying over very complex seafloor of folded bedrock, fault scarps, and ripple scour depressions south of Half Moon Bay and offshore San Gregorio State Beach. The seafloor is colored for depth with reds and oranges representing shallower regions and dark blues and purples representing deeper regions.
View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or YouTube

San Francisco Bay

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.The movie flies through the south and central Bay, pausing over prominent seafloor features including, large sand waves, rock pinnacles, current scour pits, as well as many human impacts on the seafloor.
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Lower Elwha River, Ground-Based Lidar Fly-Through

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.This animation shows a virtual fly-through of a detailed, highly accurate three-dimensional map of the lower Elwha River. The data shown were collected using a ground-based lidar scanner, which uses pulses of light to accurately map the riparian environment.
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Turbid Bay: Sediment in Motion

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.USGS scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center explore how sediment moves across San Francisco Bay tidal flats. The research team deploys a suite of large instrumented tripods to record sediment movements over a six-week period in early 2011. Answers from this work will help determine whether deposition of sediment at high tide is occurring quickly enough to preserve marshes in the face of sea-level rise.

The program also highlights the value and function of the USGS Mendenhall Fellowship Program. The Mendenhall Program at the USGS provides recent PhD graduates an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on pressing scientific questions with the guidance and mentoring of established scientists.

View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or YouTube

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Tsunami Preparedness in California

U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 91
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/91/

Tsunamis are a constant threat to the coasts of our world. Although tsunamis are infrequent along the West coast of the United States, it is possible and necessary to prepare for potential tsunami hazards to minimize loss of life and property. Community awareness programs are important, as they strive to create an informed society by providing education and training.

These videos about tsunami preparedness in California distinguish between a local tsunami and a distant event and focus on the specific needs of each region. They offer guidelines for correct tsunami response and community preparedness from local emergency managers, first-responders, and leading experts on tsunami hazards and warnings, who have been working on ways of making the tsunami affected regions safer for the people and communities on a long-term basis.

These videos were produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Please also visit our Tsunamis & Earthquakes web pages: http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/

Tsunami Preparedness in Northern California

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.View video: General Information Product 91-A

Tsunami Preparedness in Central California and the SF Bay Area

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.View video: General Information Product 91-B

Tsunami Preparedness in Southern California

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.View video: General Information Product 91-C

Bonus:

Tsunami Preparedness along the West Coast

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or YouTube

Scary Tsunamis

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.Video on July 28, 2009 by Chris Bauer, KQED QUEST Northern California
Is California at risk? In 2004, a massive tsunami struck the Indian Ocean. More than 225,000 people were killed. Bay Area researchers raced to the scene to learn everything they could about these deadly forces of nature. The information they gained provides a 'Rosetta stone' for helping to understand the geologic history of tsunamis and when and where they may strike again.
View video: http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/scary-tsunamis/

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U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA

U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.This short video gives an overview of the USGS Menlo Park Science Center in California. It briefly introduces you to the San Francisco Bay Area, shows the campus and facilities, and includes interviews with scientists describing their work.
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USGS Open House, May 2009

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.This short movie provides event coverage of the May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 USGS Open House in Menlo Park, California. The movie is a peppy and fun presentation highlighting how USGS scientists shared their work with an eager public and tons of school kids. USGS employees Christy Ryan, Leslie Gordon, Liz Colvard, and Dina Venezky describe the scope and significance of the event.
View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or YouTube
See also: USGS PCMSC web site featuring photos from the Open House exhibit, "Dress Like A Marine Geologist" and the USGS Sound Waves newsletter article: Hot Ticket-USGS Open House in Menlo Park, California (2009)

USGS Arctic Chronicles

The first two videos were shot in 2008 during a five week journey to map the Arctic Ocean seafloor. The 3rd video was made just before the expeditions in 2010, as a project overview. Read more about USGS mapping in the Arctic.

Healy/Louis Helicopter Overflight

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.Video shows Canadian helicopter overflight of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent in the Arctic Ocean.
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Mooring Evolution

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.Video shows overflight of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent pulling alongside each other in the Artic Ocean.
View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or YouTube

U.S.-Canada Arctic Expedition Surveying the Extended Continental Shelf (Overview of Project, with audio interviews)

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.American and Canadian scientists head north on a collaborative expedition to map the Arctic seafloor and gather data to help define the outer limits of the continental shelf. Each coastal nation may exercise sovereign rights over the natural resources of their continental shelf.
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Coast Salish: Tribal Canoe Journey for Troubled Sea

The USGS and the Coast Salish Tribal Nation have partnered during the annual Tribal Canoe Journey to study and help improve resources of the Salish Sea. Learn about it at the 2009 Coast Salish Water Quality Project, http://www.usgs.gov/coastsalish/
USGS Sound Waves newsletter articles:

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.Part 1

This first episode in the Corecast Tribal Journey series examines the new partnership between the USGS and Coast Salish people. View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or USGS YouTube Channel

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.Part 2

This final episode in the Corecast Tribal Journey gives an overview of the journey, including a look at preliminary results. View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or USGS YouTube Channel

2008 Glen Canyon Dam High-Flow Experiment, February-March 2008

Learn more about Bedform Sedimentology.

USGS CoreCast Interview: Opening a Dam to Study and Improve Resources in the Grand Canyon

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.Dams don't help just by holding water back. by opening Glen Canyon Dam's jet tubes for a high flow experiment scientists can study and improve resources in Grand Canyon National Park. Learn more by listening to our interview with John Hamill, USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Program Chief.
View video: USGS Multimedia Gallery or USGS YouTube Channel

The image animations below were created from still-camera images on the Colorado River, showing days of change surrounding the high-flow release of water from Glen Canyon Dam.

River Mile 3

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.33 days of change, February 3 - March 29, 2008
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River Mile 45

Small clip, thumbnail..Click to view video.28 days of change, March 2 - March 31, 2008
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Public Lectures

Scanning the Seafloor with Sound
modern sonar reveals hidden hazards and resources

by David Finlayson, Geologist, USGS PCMSC: June 28, 2012

Colorado River High-Flow Experiments
a story of Grand Canyon geology, water, and biology

by Jack Schmidt (USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center) and David Rubin, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: November 17, 2011

USGS Science for a Changing Bay Area
a special USGS public lecture celebrating the inaugural Bay Area Science Festival

by Patrick Barnard, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC and William Ellsworth, USGS Earthquake Science Center: November 3, 2011

Thumbnail of Bay Area Science Festival banner.USGS scientists will be speaking about current Bay Area research, including recent discoveries beneath Bay waters and the latest on earthquake research. The scientists will be presenting information in non-technical terms for the general public. Following the speakers, a "video theatre" will feature two award-winning USGS products, "Delta Revival" and "Wetland Revival", on scientists working to restore San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystems

Exploring California's Amazing Seafloor
the visionary California Seafloor Mapping Program

by Sam Johnson, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: June 30, 2011

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Is Our Coast in Jeopardy?
predicting the impact of extreme storms on the California Coast

by Patrick Barnard, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: February 24, 2011

Dam Removal in the Pacific Northwest
a new tool for river restoration

by Jonathan Warrick, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: October 28, 2010

Large, Destructive Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile
Lessons Learned for the San Francisco Bay Area

by Walter Mooney (USGS Earthquake Science Center) and Eric Geist, Geophysicist, USGS PCMSC: April 29, 2010

Coral Reefs, the 6th Extinction, and You

by Michael Field, Geologist Emeritus, USGS PCMSC: January 29, 2010

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Geohazards in the Aleutian Islands
Great Earthquakes, Great Waves, and Great Volcanic Explosions!

by Steve Kirby (USGS Scientist Emeritus), and Dave Scholl, Scientist Emeritus, USGS PCMSC: November 19, 2009

Paddling for a Purpose in a Troubled Sea
Sampling the Salish Sea During Tribal Canoe Journeys

by Eric Grossman, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: October 29, 2009

Alchemy in the Abyss
Probing the mysteries of deep-ocean minerals

by James R. Hein, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: May 31, 2007

The Hidden World of the Golden Gate
How tides, currents, and humans have created an array of sea-floor features

by Patrick Barnard, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC, and Peter Dartnell, Physical Scientist, USGS PCMSC: January 25, 2007

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Shifting Shoals and Shattered Rocks
How Man Has Changed The Floor Of San Francisco Bay

by John Chin and Florence Wong, Geologists, USGS PCMSC: November 17, 2005

Tsunamis
Lessons and Questions from the Indian Ocean Disaster

by Eric L. Geist, Geophysicist, USGS PCMSC, Bruce E. Jaffe, Oceanographer, USGS PCMSC, and Brian F. Atwater, Geologist, USGS Earthquake Science Center: June 30, 2005

Commotions in the Oceans
USGS Shipboard Research Sparked Scientific Advances

by William R. Normark, and David W. Scholl, Research Geologists, USGS PCMSC: March 31, 2005

Life and Death of Hawaiian Coral Reefs
New Studies Track the Life Cycle of Maui's Changing Reefs

by Michael E. Field and Curt D. Storlazzi, Research Geologists, USGS PCMSC: February 26, 2004

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Gaia's Breath
Methane and the Future of Natural Gas

by Keith A. Kvenvolden, Research Geochemist, USGS PCMSC: April 24, 2003

Revealing the Hidden World Beneath Monterey Bay
Explore the diverse features on and below the sea floor in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

by Steve Eittreim, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC: August 29, 2002

Beyond the Golden Gate
Oceanography, Geology, Biology, and Environmental Issues In The Gulf of the Farallones

by Herman A. Karl, Research Geologist, USGS PCMSC, and Edward Ueber, Director, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary: July 25, 2002

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