Tracking Japan’s tsunami debris

Tracking Japan’s tsunami debris

After devastating tsunami on March 11 2011, the Japanese government estimated that 5 million tons of debris was swept up by the event. Estimates are that about 70 % sunk to the seafloor and 1.5 million tons left floating. More than a year later, the debris from that

Deep sea floor topography can deflect and amplify tsunami waves

Deep sea floor topography can deflect and amplify tsunami waves

The topography of the seafloor near the coast plays a major role in determining how large tsunami waves become and what places get hit harder than others. Scientists had suspected that the same phenomenon might also take place in the deep ocean, where seamounts

East Coast Tsunami risk study

East Coast Tsunami risk study

The US East Coast tsunami posibility was main target of  new sonar mapping study. Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, along with other governmental and academic partners, have been researching the potential for tsunamis generated by landslides in submarine

Japan tsunami debris on course to hit US

Japan tsunami debris on course to hit US

Debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has turned up exactly where scientists predicted it would after months of floating across the Pacific Ocean. Finding and confirming where the debris ended up gives them a better idea of where it’s headed

El Hierro on alert – Eruption vent: 5 km from Restinga at 600 meter depth

El Hierro on alert – Eruption vent: 5 km from Restinga at 600 meter depth

At 9 PM UTC yesterday, authorities have finally confirmed that an eruption took place on the ocean floor 5 km from Restinga, the southernmost location on El Hierro. IGN (Spanish seismological agency) has set the eruption depth at 600 meters. The alert level remains at

Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be tested on Oct 12

Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be tested on Oct 12

Nearly two dozen countries next Wednesday will take part in a full-scale test of the Indian Ocean’s tsunami alert system, using the 2004 Sumatra quake as the basis for the exercise. Exercise IOWAVE 11 will re-enact the seismic events of December 26, 2004, simulating a