Sunday, April 3, 2011

#Japan #Earthquake: Highest Tsunami Run-Up Was 37.9 Meters, or 124 Feet

in Taro District of Miyako City in Miyagi Prefecture, according to various news reports. (Here's one from Yomiuri, in Japanese.)

Tokyo University's Earthquake Research Institute conducted the field survey in Koborinai Fishing Port in Taro District (see pictures of the port; from Miyako City website), and found out that fallen leaves had been washed up on the side of the mountain 200 meters (656 feet) from the port, at 37.9 meters (124 feet) high on the side of the mountain.

A few meters below, they also found a wreckage of a fire engine.

The highest tsunami run-up recorded in Japan was 38.2 meters (125 feet) in Ofunato City in Miyagi Prefecture in 1896.

Earthquake Research Institute says that the survey has just started, and it is possible that they may find evidence of an even higher run-up.


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