New paper models future earthquake and tsunami risk in southeast Japan

Portrait photo of Hannah Baranes piloting a small boat, smiling and dressed in yellow and orange foul weather gear.

Graduate student Hannah Baranes, along with her advisor Jonathon Woodruff, Smith College professor Jack Loveless, and Mamoru Hyodo (Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) unveiled a new, GPS-based methods for modeling earthquake-induced tsunamis for southeast Japan along the Nankai Trough in a new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters.

A Nankai-induced tsunami is likely to hit there in the next few decades, says lead author Hannah Baranes, and has the potential to displace four times the number of people affected by the massive Tohoku tsunami of 2011 Read more...