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Tsunamis & Earthquakes

Preliminary simulation of the tsunami from the March 11, 2011 M=9.0 subduction zone earthquake offshore of Honshu, Japan

USGS PCMSC Tsunami and Earthquake Studies


Viewpoint looks to the south.
Simulation shows first 2 hours of tsunami propagation.

Please note that this Quicktime simulation may take several minutes to load. Also, the program used to create these simulations does not model nonlinear and breaking effects as waves travel into shallow water (e.g., Sendai Bay).

download* .mov file (8.9 MB)

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NEIC event page:

NEIC Finite Fault Model used to create the tsunami generation:

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