Tsunamis


Tsunamis

Even Hollywood-scale waves fall short when depicting a tsunami’s full size and power.

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A New Tsunami-Warning System

A New Tsunami-Warning System

After successfully testing a long-range underwater communications system that worked under Arctic Ocean ice, an engineering team at Woods Hole…

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Disaster on the Ground

Chen and Beardsley also used FVCOM to make finely detailed reconstructions of how the tsunami swept ashore in some locations.…

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WHOI Receives $1Million from Keck Foundation for First Real-Time Seafloor Earthquake Observatory at Cascadia Fault

One of the most dangerous faults in North America is the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia fault – an offshore, subduction zone fault capable of producing a magnitude 9 earthquake that would damage Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, and Victoria, British Columbia, and generate a large tsunami. Yet there are currently no instruments installed offshore, directly above the fault, for measuring the strain that is currently building up along the fault.
But a recent $1 million grant from The W. M. Keck Foundation to scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will change that. An interdisciplinary project led by WHOI geologist Jeff McGuire, an expert in global earthquake seismology and geodesy, and John Collins, director of WHOI’s Ocean Bottom Seismometer Lab, will build and install the first seafloor geodesy observatory above the expected rupture zone of the next great Cascadia earthquake.

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Reconstructing a Tsunami

This simulation, produced by ocean modelers Changsheng Chen and Robert Beardsley using the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM), shows…

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How to Survive a Tsunami

How to Survive a Tsunami

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean that devastated villages and cost 230,000 lives, WHOI geophysicist…

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Anatomy of a Tsunami

While tsunamis can neither be prevented nor precisely predicted, people educated about particular warning signs can save their own lives…

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