Science Center Objects

Our tsunami scientists work on international teams to study the aftermath of tsunamis around the world, to gain a better understanding the impact of potential tsunamis on coastal communities of the United States. Their work helps inform local, state, and federal coastal planning, protection, and resiliency.

Photograph of a boat washed up far inland in Banda Aceh after the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
Initial Findings from Sumatra 
Survey conducted January 20-29, 2005

Rubble lies in a layer of sand covering the ground of a village, and a wrecked boat transported by tsunami lies on its side.

The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
Initial Findings on Tsunami Sand Deposits, Damage, and Inundation in Sri Lanka
Survey conducted January 9-15, 2005

Image: Tsunami Recovery in American Samoa

The September 29, 2009 Samoan Islands Tsunami
Survey Team visits Samoa and American Samoa October-November 2009


Photo of an area after it was hit by a tsunami, showing building reinforcements still standing but not much else.

The June 23, 2001 Peru Tsunami
Sedimentary Deposits Analysis

Photograph of the side of a hole dug into wet sediment that shows a boundary between sand brought in by a tsunami and the soil.

The July 17, 1998 Papua New Guinea Tsunami
Preliminary Analysis of Sedimentary Deposits