Observe how a tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan in 2011, propagates and affects regions all across the Pacific in this computer simulation from NOAA/NWS/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The computer model is based on real-time earthquake data and includes the estimated arrival times and heights of the waves as the tsunami hits land. This resource enables students to observe the potential range of time and spatial scales associated with a tsunami.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this video, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.