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Tsunami Wave Height Model Shows Pacific-Wide Impact
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Tsunami Wave Height Model Shows Pacific-Wide Impact

THIS IMAGE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE SEE THE OFFICIAL NOAA OPERATIONAL PRODUCTS AT THE NOAA PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER. Model runs from the Center for Tsunami Research at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory show the expected wave heights of the tsunami as it travels across the Pacific basin. The largest wave heights are expected near the earthquake epicenter, off Japan. The wave will decrease in height as it travels across the deep Pacific but grow taller as it nears coastal areas. In general, as the energy of the wave decreases with distance, the near shore heights will also decrease (e.g., coastal Hawaii will not expect heights of that encountered in coastal Japan).

The second image shows the depth of the Pacific Ocean floor. Notice the similarity between areas of low wave height and deeper areas of the ocean.

An animated view can be seen here.

 
Referral:NOAA Center for Tsunami Research
Copyright:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Keywords:tsunami, PMEL, wave, 2011.03.11
 

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