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Japan – Island off Miyagi hit by 43-meter tsunami

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Japanese scientist says a tsunami about 43 meters high hit an island off Miyagi Prefecture after the earthquake on March 11th of last year.

University of Tokyo Associate Professor Yoshinobu Tsuji has been conducting a survey of tsunami damage in Japan’s northeast.

He determined that the tsunami reached a height of 43 meters at the deserted island called Kasagaijima.

Tsuji said this could be the highest tsunami triggered by the March 11th earthquake, exceeding the one about 40 meters that struck Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture.

He added that the energy of the tsunami was concentrated on the island and created high waves. Tsuji warned that similar phenomenon could happen at tips of capes.