Japan's 2011 Tsunami: How Far, How High Will It Go?

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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.

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Que tristeza con esta tragedia lo sentimos mucho.

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..

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.

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very sad to hear that.
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By bird of paradise (not verified) on 12 Mar 2011 #permalink

woah that is big

craziness i feel so bad for them

By skittles?! (not verified) on 13 Mar 2011 #permalink

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

By Robert H. Pike (not verified) on 19 Mar 2011 #permalink

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

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By Carla Lamothe (not verified) on 25 Mar 2011 #permalink

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.
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By BodrumHotel (not verified) on 28 May 2011 #permalink

you can't really prepare for something like that...