Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
Tsunamis & Earthquakes
Preliminary simulation of the tsunami from the March 11, 2011 M=9.0 subduction zone earthquake offshore of Honshu, Japan
Close-up of the tsunami on the northern Honshu coast. 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).
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NEIC event page:
NEIC Finite Fault Model used to create the tsunami generation: