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Scientists Develop a System That Predicts the Behavior of Tsunamis in Less than 10 Minutes


A tsunami hits.

A new simulator developed by researchers at the University of Granada in Spain needs only 10 minutes to predict the behavior of tsunamis generated by landslides.

Credit: interestingfunfacts.com

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain say they have developed a simulator that needs only 10 minutes to predict the behavior of tsunamis generated by landslides.

The system reduces the time spent in calculating different situations up to 60%, making it possible to immediately obtain information and facilitate more effective response from authorities and rescue teams.

The model accurately predicts the effects of the wave and performs a simulation before the events occur in real life. The simulation provides information on the time the tsunami will take to land, the magnitude and height of the wave, the coastal penetration, and the flood that it would cause.

The researchers focused on an event from 1957 in Lituya Bay, Alaska, when 30 million cubic meters of glacier fell into the water and generated a wave that flooded zones located more than 500 meters above sea level.

From University of Granada (Spain)
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