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Boffins from NASA and Ohio State University have discovered that the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was a so-called ‘merging tsunami’. Merging tsunami data from two satellites. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ohio State University (click to enlarge) The idea of a merging tsunami, where two or more wave fronts join to form a …


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  1. NikT

    Dodgy stats?

    Is it really a 1 in 10 million chance that we saw this? I'd like to see the derivation of that number.

    1. Marvin the Martian


      These one-in-a-million chance thingies keep happening about one time in ten; million is the new ten.

      It's not like they've observed 5million tsunami waves to get a 50% chance of recording one, as would be with the old, big, millions.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Does this mean it is more or less awesome than a double rainbow?

    1. Evil Auditor

      Re awesome

      Well, that really depends on whether you are 'merkin or British.

  3. Not_The_Droids

    Oh wow...

    Double tsunami, man. Double tsunami, look at that. Wow, man. The colors are so beautiful...

  4. Brian Miller 1

    Well, maybe nukes have some uses then...

    Perhaps changing the undersea topology would act to prevent this type of tsunami being able to be come about.

  5. fatchap
    Black Helicopters

    The satellites just happened to be there? Not at all caused as part of an experiment going disastrously wrong then.

  6. Dennis Wilson


    Japan was hit by a tsumani in the early 1900's, it flattened a very, very large area. To build a nucleur power station knowing that was pure folly, it was the most stupid thing to do. This was predictable, and they should be held to account for being so stupid

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