Preliminary simulation of 2011 Japan tsunami

A moving illustration that shows how a tsunami wave moves near the coastal area.

Detailed Description

Preliminary simulation of the tsunami from the March 11, 2011 M=9.1 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. The program used to create these simulations does not model nonlinear and breaking effects as waves travel into shallow water (e.g., Sendai Bay).


Image Dimensions: 640 x 400

Location Taken: Honshu, JP


Eric Geist, USGS