National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
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PMEL Tsunami Scientists Model Recent Tsunami Event

November 14, 2012

Scientists at NOAA’s Center for Tsunami Research at PMEL modeled the most recent tsunami event at the end of October.  On October 27 a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia and sent measurable tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean.  Tsunami wave size and arrival times were accurately predicted for many U.S. coastline communities thanks in part to PMEL’s tsunami forecast model and tsunami detection buoys (DART®).  Scientists will use this data to help further refine their models to assist with future tsunami events.

Please visit the tsunami event page to see model comparisons with actual tide gage data.