Tsunami - San Francisco

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After seeing all the dramatic footage of devastation from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan, anyone living near an ocean coastline wonders, “What if that happened here?”

Fortunately, by means of computer simulation we don’t have to wait for the real thing to glimpse an answer.

For illustration, imagine a five meter high tsunami wave, 26 km across heading toward the San Francisco Bay Area from the west.  How would the Pacific Coast fair? How much of the wave penetrates through the Glolden Gate?



I put togehter this short YouTube movie  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlIqfkkRZRQ   to address these issues and more.

Computer simulations like these help scientists assess potential hazards from historical and future tsunami events to get a handle on the question --- “What if THAT happened here?”

Steven N. Ward,  Santa Cruz


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