Lab Simulates Japan Earthquake

Researchers at the URI seismology lab, led by Yang Shen (GSO) and Brian Savage, have created a computer simulation of the March 11 Japan earthquake using a 3-dimensional wave speed model of the earth’s crust running on a supercomputer cluster. To help to visualize the details of the earthquake, the team created a short movie that shows five minutes of shaking after the earthquake.  The movie, posted on the seismology lab website, shows the ground rising and falling as the energy of the earthquake passes. The tsunami is not shown in this simulation. The blue circles depict the location of Tokyo.

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