Tsunami No-Show Brings Useful Data

The threatening ocean events of Feb. 27 allowed scientists a rare chance to compile tsunami response data without the area suffering any significant damage.

In an article on the Honolulu Advertiser website, Michael Tsai says that despite some debate about how much the close call cost – including $330,000 in overtime pay for responders and from lost revenues in Honolulu County – public officials are pleased with the prompt and thorough response.

“The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has acknowledged that the height of the tsunami was over-estimated by about 50 percent due to the strength of the earthquake and early readings by deep-sea sensors,” Tsai writes, “but said that future forecasting efforts will be aided by the massive amount of data collected last month.”

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