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'Ultrasound' of Earth's Crust Reveals Inner Workings of a Tsunami Factory


November 15, 2007

earth and environment graphic Research announced this week by U.S. and Japanese geoscientists may explain why part of the seafloor near the southwest coast of Japan generates devastating tsunamis, such as the 1944 Tonankai event, which killed at least 1,200 people. The findings will help assess the risk of giant tsunamis in other regions of the world. Full Story

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