Animation: Subduction Zone Tsunami

| Tue Mar. 15, 2011 9:00 PM EDT


This animation by Miho Aoki at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Art Department illustrates how a tsunami is generated by a subduction zone earthquake—the same type as Japan's 2011 Sendai temblor. Really big subduction zone quakes can displace massive areas of seabed and generate monster tsunamis.