Unveiling the Accuracy of Tsunami Predictions

A new study validates the accuracy in predicting the first wave, but weakness in forecasting ‘trailing’ waves. Ignacio Sepulveda Oyarzun, a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps Oceanography who himself survived the 2010 Chile earthquake, and colleagues found a weakness based on inaccurate estimates of bathymetry, which is the topography or depth of the seafloor.

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