Animation: Subduction Zone Tsunami


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.

 

  • Julia Whitty is the environmental correspondent for Mother Jones. Her latest book is Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean. For more of her stories, click here.

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