Archive for January 23rd, 2006

A 22 meter Tsunami…

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Reuters announced yesterday that a major earthquake hitting north-eastern Japan could potentially trigger a 22-meter tsunami, killing approximately 3000 people and causing more than a trillion yen (8.6 billion USD) in damage. Considering how the 2004 tsunami wreaked havoc with waves that didn’t even reach one meter reached 10 meters in some places, I would say this is a VERY conservative estimate. To give you an idea, I made this very simple sketch keeping proportions accurate. The man in the sketch would be about 170 cm tall (about 5′6″), next to a 7 story building. Man, I live in Sendai, the capital of north-eastern Japan, AND a harbor city. Should I consider moving?