Tsunami animation 2017 Chiapas Mexico looking northeast

Moving illustration shows how waves move along a coastline following an earthquake that triggers a tsunami.

Detailed Description

Preliminary simulation of the tsunami from the September 8, 2017 M=8.2 intermediate-depth earthquake offshore of Chiapas, Mexico, viewpoint looking to the northeast. The first 4 hours of propagation is shown. Look for the wave that reflects off the edge of the continental shelf and travels back toward shore.
Please note: the program used to create these simulations does not model nonlinear and breaking effects as waves travel into shallow water.


Image Dimensions: 800 x 272

Location Taken: CHP, MX


Eric Geist, USGS