Friday, April 15, 2011

#Japan #Earthquake: Highest Tsunami Run-UP Was 38.9 Meters High

even higher than the one in the Taro District of Miyako City, which was 37.9 meters (124 feet) as measured by Tokyo University's Earthquake Research Institute.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese, emphasis added; 4/15/2011):

The tsumani run-up after the March 11 earthquake was 38.9 meters (127.6 feet) high on Omoe Peninsula in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture, the survey by Professor Akio Okayasu of Tokyo University of Maritime Science and Technology revealed.

The survey found that trees were felled by the tsunami on the side of the mountain near Aneyoshi Fishing Port on Omoe Peninsula, 400 meters from the shore.

The tsunami run-up of 38.9 meters exceeded the 1896 record of Meiji Sanriku Earthquake. The run-up after the Meiji Sanriku Earthquake was 38.4 meters in the Ryori District of Oofunato City, also in Iwaki Prefecture. In the March 11 earthquake (Higashi Nihon Earthquake), Koborinai fishing port in the Taro District of Miyako City registered 37.9 meters (124 feet) run-up.

Here's a spectacular picture of Aneyoshi Fishing Port (from Miyako City website):

(And the Japanese Prime Minister wants to shave off these beautiful mountains to create "ecotowns".)


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