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

Screen shot of one of the animations, as a representation.


March 11, 2011 Tsunami

Please note that these simulation videos 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).

Viewpoint north. Simulation show first 2 hours of tsunami propagation.

Viewpoint south. Simulation show first 2 hours of tsunami propagation.

Close-up of the tsunami on the northern Honshu coast.
Viewpoint looks to the south. Simulation shows first 2 hours of tsunami propagation.

NEIC event page:

NEIC Finite Fault Model used to create the tsunami generation:

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