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Japan earthquake: NOAA model predicts tsunami's path across Pacific [Video]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a stunning video Friday modeling the path of the tsunami sparked by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan.

And, from data collected so far, the model is validated, according to a report from our sister blog L.A. Now.

From L.A. Now:

The model, which uses estimates from early tsunami waves and other data, generated the expected speed, force and path of the tsumani caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan.

So far, measurements taken from buoys strategically stationed around the world align with predictions made by scientists at the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research in Washington.

In the video above, in the graphs below the animation the blue line shows what scientists have observed in data collected from the buoys; the red line indicates what the model predicted.

It was models such as the one used to create the above video that have resulted in the tsunami warnings for the Pacific Ocean coasts of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and Australia on Friday.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

 
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