New Tsunami Pictures


1. The Calm Before the Tsunami

Photograph by Sadatsugu Tomisawa, AP

In the first of a series of newly released pictures showing a Japanese shoreline before and during the recent tsunami, a beach in Fukushima Prefecture appears calm.

The tsunami, captured here by a researcher working on the coast, struck northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9 earthquake, nearly wiping away entire towns.

A tsunami isn’t a tidal wave but a series of waves—or wave train—in which the first isn’t necessarily the most dangerous. Seen from on shore, a tsunami may be more like a rapidly rising tide than a series of giant breaking waves.

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