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NOAA just released this graphic displaying their best estimates of how far and high high the tsunami waves will travel after Japan’s devastating earthquake yesterday. How far, how high will it go?

Tsunami Wave Height Model Shows Pacific-Wide Impact
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).

NOAA also produced an animated version:

Animated View of Tsunami Wave Height Model
This animation shows the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research’s wave height estimation for the March 11, 2011 tsunami that started off the coast of Japan and has placed the entire Pacific basin on alert. A more full description is available with the still image here.

Please extend your thoughts and offer whatever you can to assist the victims and their families of this terrible natural disaster.

Comments

  1. #1 aris
    March 11, 2011

    Que tristeza con esta tragedia lo sentimos mucho.

  2. #2 Sheila OConnor
    March 12, 2011

    I wrote an article on it here, with video and photos: http://exm.nr/eYdeiH

  3. #3 chennaimoms
    March 12, 2011

    Its really very sad and heart breaking news yesterday for me.Cant digest how much feet it went high and i can pray for those who are really in trouble as well as pray for the ones who are dead.. A great console to those families.We mothers website, all family members pray to god for their well being really feel sad for japan families..

  4. #4 neural interface
    March 12, 2011

    Tsunami Wave Height Model Shows Pacific-Wide Impact 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. Its really very sad and heart breaking news yesterday for me.

  5. #5 ben
    March 12, 2011

    i found another article here tsunami in japan 2011 doesnt have many pictures but talks about the force of nature, the will of mankind and the might of japan

  6. #6 bird of paradise
    March 12, 2011

    very sad to hear that.
    Play for japan and the world

  7. #7 :)
    March 12, 2011

    woah that is big

  8. #8 skittles?!
    March 13, 2011

    craziness i feel so bad for them

  9. #9 Robert H. Pike
    March 19, 2011

    Let this event be the wake up call to re-consider wind and solar, and put a closure on nuclear power.

  10. #10 Audrey Begley
    March 21, 2011

    It is high time that we unite against this tsunami in Japan and help Japan in standing on its legs again.

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    March 22, 2011

    The tsunami in Japan is gonna have a long term impact on the climate of earth because it has shortened the day length to a minor degree.
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  12. #12 Paige Smith
    March 23, 2011

    We must learn lesson from this incident and take preventive steps and be prepared for any eventuality in future.

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    March 26, 2011

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  14. #14 BodrumHotel
    May 28, 2011

    Tsunami Wave Height Model Shows Pacific-Wide Impact 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. Its really very sad and heart breaking news yesterday for me.
    good post bodrumhotel

  15. #15 alisa
    February 5, 2012

    you can’t really prepare for something like that…

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